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Fine and driving ban

A man who would not be breathalysed has been fined £220 and disqualified from driving for a year.

Jan Mohamed, aged 74, of Dassia, Lossit Farm Road, Machrihanish, pleaded guilty at Campbeltown Sheriff Court last week to failing to provide two specimens of breath for analysis on April 29 this year.

Procurator fiscal depute David Glancy said officers encountered Mohamed when dealing with another matter and they asked him to move his vehicle; events developed and he was asked to take a breath test.

‘His position was that he did not have to,’ said the fiscal. After refusing a roadside test and another at Campbeltown Police Station, Mohamed was arrested.

‘It was a public road,’ said the fiscal.

Defence agent Stephen MacSporran said that Mohamed, a retired gentleman, thought that he did not have to provide a test and he also apologised to the court.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes also ordered that Mohamed pay a victim surcharge of £20.

Lost control of car

David Alexander Graham, aged 31, of 137 Sound of Kintyre, Machrihanish, admitted driving without due care and attention when he appeared at Campbeltown Sheriff Court last week.

Procurator fiscal depute David Glancy said that Graham’s car ended up down an embankment; prior to the accident he had been seen to be driving and completing an overtaking manoeuvre safely and carefully but failed to negotiate the turn at the junction near to McKerral’s yard. There was a passenger in the car at the time.

Graham said to police: ‘I lost control, I was going too fast.’

In his defence, Sheriff Patrick Hughes was told it was a ‘momentary lapse’.

Graham was fined £300 and six penalty points were added to his driving licence.

Credit card fraud

A Glasgow man took personal information from people he knew and used this to obtain two credit cards.

Alan Ferguson Stewart, who also uses the name Callaghan, had obtained a credit card by fraud in June 2018 and also another card by fraud which he used to obtain goods valued at £310 by fraud. In each case he used details of people living in Bowmore, Islay.

He had previously admitted the offences and Sheriff Patrick Hughes had called for reports, before sentencing the 31-year-old at Campbeltown Sheriff Court last week.

Stewart’s defence agent drew the sheriff’s attention to background family history given in the reports, adding: ‘There is no connection between the parties now.’

Sheriff Hughes made Stewart, of Goyle Avenue, Glasgow, the subject of a community payback order in which he must work for 12 months on his rehabilitation with social workers and carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community within 15 months.

‘This is a direct alternative to custody. If it does not work out you will be brought back to court and there will be no alternative but a custodial sentence,’ said the sheriff.

Do not want to see you again

Sheriff Patrick Hughes told a 50-year-old woman that he hoped he would not see her in court again.

Adela Isabelle Stimpson, of Pensioners Row, Campbeltown, admitted threatening to damage a car and also behaving in a threatening and abusive manner when she appeared at the town’s sheriff court last week.

Both incidents took place on June 26 this year after she had been drinking heavily while sitting in the communal garden at the property.

Procurator fiscal depute David Glancy described her as ‘extremely intoxicated’ and taking exception to a parked car.

Stimpson told the owner of the 2016-plate Range Rover: ‘I am going to scratch the **** out of that tonight.’

Shortly after, a woman, who had parked her car on nearby New Quay and was sitting with her child in the car with the windows open, encountered Stimpson, who leaned into the car and was abusive and threatening.

‘Police think she was so drunk that she mistook the woman’s car for the other vehicle; this was someone who had the misfortune to park up and be in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ said the fiscal.

Defence agent Stephen MacSporran said that Stimpson apologised for her behaviour and had apologised to the woman. He said that she had found lockdown very difficult and frustrating.

The sheriff said he noted that Stimpson had not been able to have help she usually received from religious organisations, but added: ‘It does not give you an excuse to drink to excess.’

He fined her a total of £200 and told her: ‘I hope not to see you back in court again.’

Threatening message

Christopher Corkindale, aged 35, of 108 Smith Drive, Campbeltown, was fined £160 at the town’s sheriff court last week and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £10, when he pleaded guilty to sending a video message on June 23 this year that contained abusive language and threats of violence.