Former Rothesay residents back in town for court appearance

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THREE former residents of Rothesay returned to the town’s sheriff court on Monday for sentencing on a wide variety of offences, ranging from theft by housebreaking and drug possession to assault.

Peter McDougall (33), presently on remand at HMP Gateside, was jailed for nine months by Sheriff Ruth Anderson after pleading guilty to the following charges:

- breaking into the premises of the Encompass counselling service in Bishop Street, Rothesay between April 16 and 19, 2010 and stealing a laptop, cable, hard drive, monitor, webcam, computer, keyboard and cables and quantities of powder and resin;

- being in possession of a quantity of diamorphine at Rothesay police office on January 17, 2011;

- stealing food and alcohol from the town’s Co-operative supermarket in Bridge Street on February 4, 2011;

- buying alcohol for a group of four girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time of the offence, from Cellar One in Guildford Square on July 3, 2011;

- being in possession of quantities of cocaine and diamorphine in Mill Street on November 25, 2011.

Also at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday, 24-year-old Michael McComb, of 120 Kings Park Road, Glasgow, appeared for sentencing after admitting punching a man outside a licensed premises in Montague Street on August 14, 2011, while Carrie Robertson (31), of 149 Cedar Road, Cumbernauld, was sentenced for punching a man in Gallowgate in the town on July 30 last year.

McComb was fined £100 and ordered to pay his victim £200 in compensation, while Robertson, a first offender, was admonished.

Monday’s court sitting also saw Bryan Kelly (34), of 4F Glebe Terrace, given a community payback order including 150 hours of unpaid work for possession of cannabis resin worth between £150 and £250 with intent to supply, while another Rothesay resident, 25-year-old Scott McGregor of 38 Ballochgoy Road, was fined £200 for possession of two wraps of cocaine worth a total of £40.

Twenty-one year-old Margaret Pendreigh, of 4 Columshill Higher Terrace, was ordered to be of good behaviour for the next six months after admitting behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing and forcing entry to a flat in the town’s Russell Street on October 16 last year.

* For more detail on all the above court cases, see this week’s issue of The Buteman – on sale from Thursday, March 1.