Rothesay postal worker pleads guilty to theft

The Royal Mail's Rothesay delivery office in the town's Bishop Street. Local man Martin Kane has admitted stealing 1,656 postal packets here, at his home address and elsewhere in the town between June 2010 and June 2013.
The Royal Mail's Rothesay delivery office in the town's Bishop Street. Local man Martin Kane has admitted stealing 1,656 postal packets here, at his home address and elsewhere in the town between June 2010 and June 2013.

A Rothesay man has admitted stealing more than 1,600 items of mail over a three-year period in the course of his work with the Royal Mail.

At Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday, a letter from Martin Kane’s solicitors was produced entering a plea of guilty to the theft of 1,656 ‘door-to-door postal packets’ at the Royal Mail’s Rothesay delivery office, Kane’s home address and elsewhere in Rothesay between June 1, 2010 and June 26, 2013.

The letter also entered a plea of guilty to a charge that between February 1, 2010 and June 26, 2013, Kane opened 21 postal packets without reasonable excuse in the course of his duty as a postal operator.

Sheriff Thomas McCartney deferred sentence on 32-year-old Kane, whose address was given as Flat A, 77 Montague Street, Rothesay, pending the production of a criminal justice social work report.

* Solicitor Derek Robertson entered a guilty plea on Monday on behalf of 80-year-old Robert Stanley Ferguson, admitting that Ferguson was the owner of a dangerously out-of-control English bull terrier which bit a local postal worker on the leg.

The incident occurred in the garden of Ferguson’s home at Gubrath, Castle Street, Port Bannatyne on Wednesday, June 5.

Fiscal depute Lindy Scaife told the court that after the incident Ferguson had said of the dog “it’s a wee b*****d when it gets out”, but Mr Robertson said his client denied using those words.

Sheriff McCartney decided to defer sentence on Ferguson, and the dog, until a ‘proof in mitigation’ hearing, to be held next month.

* Richard Whitelaw (45), address given as Flat 2/1, 94 High Street, was fined a total of £560 on Monday after admitting threatening or abusive behaviour and attempting to assault a police officer.

The initial incident occurred at Gambas Bar in Victoria Street on August 8, when police were called after Whitelaw became increasingly aggressive and refused to leave the premises.

The attempted assault occurred after Whitelaw was arrested and taken to Rothesay police office, where he tried to punch an officer after being taken to a cell.

* Laureen MacDonald (21), address given as 84 Grange Road, Battlefield, Glasgow, was admonished and dismissed on Monday after admitting punching her former boyfriend in the face.

The incident occurred in Victoria Street on July 27; Sheriff McCartney told MacDonald he hoped the incident would prove to be a one-off.

* Karl Masterson (42), address given as 51 Butlins Road, Coventry, was fined £300 and given six penalty points on Monday after pleading guilty by letter to driving a van in Barone Road in Rothesay without insurance on April 27.

* More from Rothesay Sheriff Court in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 10.