Rothesay man is jailed after triple assault

A ROTHESAY man who head-butted two members of the public and spat on a police officer while drunk was jailed for four months at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.

Owen Sutherland (20), of Mountstuart Road, Rothesay, committed the offences in Montague Street on the evening of September 10 last year after going out drinking with friends.

After reading background reports, Sheriff John Herald said: “What is of considerable concern here is that the social work department seems to think that when you are drinking, you are totally out of control.”

Meanwhile, 63-year-old Edward Duncan was fined £400 for being in possession of two air weapons and ammunition at his house in the town’s East Princes Street; the terms of a previous sentence, imposed in 1984, meant Duncan was not permitted to own weapons of that calibre, though both Duncan and his solicitor told the court he had simply not been aware of the terms of the Firearms Act 1968, under which the offence was committed.

Ayrshire man Allan McLuckie was fined £300 on Monday after being convicted of assault following a brief trial; McLuckie (56), of Boardtree Hall, Girvan, had denied assaulting a long-time friend at a flat in High Street on April 22, 2011 by grabbing her on the head, pushing her to the ground and slapping her on the head to her injury.

Other cases disposed of at Rothesay Sheriff Court on April 2:

* 51-year-old island resident George Heaney was fined £150 for a breach of the peace committed at a house in Kingarth in September 2009; the case had been continued to await the outcome of other matters being heard at Greenock Sheriff Court.

* Thomas Thomson (44) was told to be of good behaviour for the next four months after admitting a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly shouting, swearing and punching a door at his home address in Columshill Terrace on April 2, and of breaching a condition of bail imposed at Rothesay Sheriff Court on February 3.

* Amy Glen (20) was told she would be admonished if she could stay out of trouble for the next three months when she appeared for sentencing on a charge of assault.

Glen, of Longhill Terrace, Rothesay, had previously admitted assaulting a man by repeatedly slapping him in the face in Montague Street on March 4.

* Fiona Hamilton (50), of Russell Street, Rothesay, was fined a total of £450 after admitting charges of assault and a homophobic breach of the peace following an incident near the junction of High Street and Russell Street in the town on December 27, 2011.

William Edgar (70), of Dewar Avenue, Rothesay, admitted a charge of driving without due care and attention by failing to notice a parked vehicle in Columshill Street on August 20 last year, colliding with the vehicle’s open driver’s door, causing minor damage to the vehicle and slight injuries to a police officer who was talking to the parked vehicle’s owner while investigating a separate matter. Sentence was deferred until April 23.

More on all these stories in the new issue of The Buteman – on sale on Thursday, April 5.