Lithuanian cleared of clothing fraud

A LITHUANIAN man has been cleared of operating a bogus scheme by pretending the old clothes he was collecting, was for charity.
Miglius Orieska had previously pleaded not guilty, through an interpreter, when he appeared from custody.
The charges alleged that he claimed to be a legitimate collector and, while acting with others, induced members of the public in Ross-shire, to donate clothing in bags he distributed on behalf of British charities such as Scottish Cancer Support, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Kidney Research UK, and obtained the filled bags by fraud. In addition, he was alleged to have fraudulently collected in Caithness.
The offences were alleged to have occurred between August 3 and 25, last year.
However, when Orieska reappeared from custody on Monday, senior fiscal depute, David Barclay, said he was accepting the not guilty pleas and also denials to charges relating to alleged defects on Orieska’s van. This left a single charge of driving without insurance which, the accused admitted.
Sheriff Andrew Berry admonished Orieska on the basis that he had spent 18 days on remand.

Wick pair exchanged words

TROUBLE broke out after a Wick couple, who had split up, bumped into each other in a pub.
Ian Steven, (19) of Oldwick Road, and 18-year-old Abbie Banks, who lives in Bremner’s Walk, both Wick, had words while out in separate companies at the town’s Wetherspoon pub, on December 30.
They exchanged words which led to Steven being ejected of the premises. The pair encountered each other, in the area later, however, and there were further verbal exchanges which prompted a passer-by to contact the police who arrested the accused.
Senior fiscal depute, David Barclay said that drink had been a factor in the incidents which centred on a family issue.
Sheriff Berry enquired if “peace had broken out” and solicitor Neil Wilson, for Steven, confirmed it had.
Solicitor Sylvia Maclennan, for Banks, added that there was nothing to suggest any further animosity.
The sheriff told the accused, who admitted an amended charge of breach of the peace, that he would a six-month, good behaviour, bond on them, in a bid to ensure there would be no further trouble.

Assault accused on prison tightrope

A MAN, who admitted an assault, was told by the sheriff that he was teetering on the edge of going to prison.
The accused, John Glover (42) pleaded guilty at a previous hearing when background report were called for. He punched John Goodbrand on his head, in Ormlie Road, Thurso, on November 14, last year.
Solicitor Neil Wilson said that Glover, of Bleachfield House, Thurso, had a longstanding problem with heroin and had used alcohol as “a comfort blanket”, but was getting help.
Mr Wilson added: “The impression I get, is that some of the difficult is due boredom...he slips into abusing alcohol for want of nothing better to do.”
Sheriff Berry, who observed that the assault occurred while Glover was subject to a pay-back order, told him: “ You are absolutely on the edge of going to prison but I am persuaded, just, and I stress that, to impose a further pay-back order of two years.” During that time, Glover will carry out 230 hours of unpaid work in the community.
The sheriff warned that any non-compliance with the order would almost certainly result in a custodial sentence.