Drunk man targeted Rothesay emergency workers, court told

A MAN spat at a Strathclyde Police officer and tried to do the same to a doctor and a nurse at the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay after downing a bottle of sambuca and swallowing a hundred prescription tablets, the town’s sheriff court heard this week.

The court was told that 21-year-old Stephen Epsworth had reacted badly after an argument with his then girlfriend at a flat in Rothesay’s High Street on October 13 last year, which ended with her telling him he would no longer be allowed to see their child.

Jim Hannay, defending, said of Epsworth: “He feels very disheartened at his behaviour. He would have hated that to have happened to anyone.

Sheriff Ian Anderson told Epsworth, whose address was given as 53E Longrow, Campbeltown, that he would impose a community payback order, incorporating 60 hours of unpaid work, as an alternative to a “substantial fine”.

* Anthony Lench (16), address given as Flat 3/1, 24 Argyle Street, Rothesay, was told to be of good behaviour at the town’s sheriff court this week after admitting a charge of throwing a beer bottle at the manager of a local hotel.

The manager of the Glenburn Hotel had spotted Lench and two friends in the hotel’s grounds at around 11.45pm on April 4; fiscal depute John Penman said the manager had heard something fly past his head and then heard the sound of breaking glass after twice asking the trio to leave.

* Rothesay resident Peter Wilson was fined £230 at the town’s sheriff court on Monday after admitting a charge of breach of the peace at an address in Roslin Crescent on February 19.

Wilson (47), whose address was given as c/o 14 Ballochgoy Road, pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a disorderly manner, shouting, swearing and causing others fear and alarm.

* Elizabeth Draime (24), address given as 29C Castle Street, Port Bannatyne, appeared from custody to plead guilty to using racist and homophobic language and committing a breach of the peace aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

The offence was committed in Castle Street in the village the previous day; Sheriff Anderson deferred sentence for four weeks pending the consideration of background reports.

* Kurt Hulme (18), address given as Flat 0/1, 45 Castle Street, Port Bannatyne, was told to stay out of trouble for the next three months when he appeared for sentencing on charges of shouting, swearing and causing fear and alarm by chasing a woman along the street where he lives on August 27, of assaulting the same woman by punching her on December 22, and of damaging a window in the Port Inn in Marine Road on the same day.

The court was told Hulme was currently the subject of two community payback orders, but that his suitability for unpaid work, in light of health problems, was still being addressed; Sheriff Anderson agreed to defer sentence until August 13 to monitor the progress of the existing sentences.

* Patrick Altizio (32), address given as 40 Paton Street, Greenock, appeared from custody for sentencing on a charge of possessing a quantity of methadone worth between £25 and £30 in Montague Street on April 16, 2011; he received a 60-day prison term, backdated to March 19, when he was remanded in custody after admitting the charge.

* Stephen Edmondson (41), address given as 43 Mavisbank Gardens, Bellshill, was fined £60 at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday for failing to wear a seatbelt while driving a vehicle in Argyle Street on September 27, 2011.

The case was brought after Edmondson failed to pay a fixed penalty for the offence; Edmonson told the court the failure to pay had been “an oversight”.

* More on all the above cases in this week’s issue of The Buteman, on sale from Thursday, April 18.