‘Contemptible’ to steal glasses, says sheriff

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.
Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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Sheriff Patrick Hughes told a man it was contemptible to steal another person’s glasses.

At Campbeltown Sheriff Court last week John Gamble admitted stealing the glasses and a mobile phone from the Kinloch Bar in the town on November 25, 2019.

The court heard from procurator fiscal Ann Marie Hicks that Gamble, formerly of Burnside Street, Campbeltown, was seen on the bar’s CCTV picking up a pair of glasses and a mobile phone left on the bar top by another customer who had gone to play pool.

Gamble then left the bar and staff called the police when the theft was discovered.

Defence agent Stephen MacSporran said that Gamble, aged 47, who now lives in Barnsley, Yorkshire, had turned his life around and now had a job and a partner.

‘He now has stabilising factors in his life,’ said Mr MacSporran.

Sheriff Hughes fined Gamble £300 with a victim surcharge of £20 and compensation of £150.

‘This was a contemptible act; people who have glasses need them and people rely more and more on their mobile phones,’ said the sheriff.