Rothesay Sheriff Court round-up: ‘manipulative’ woman given jail warning

A ROTHESAY woman who breached a condition of bail by entering the grounds of a house in the town’s Craigmore Road was given three months to clean up her act when she appeared at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.

Donna Difolco (35), whose address was given as Flat 2/2, 8 Castle Street, Rothesay, appeared from custody after being seen outside the house on Saturday – less than three months after she was charged with being in the grounds of the same property without lawful authority, in circumstances where it could be reasonably inferred that she intended to commit a theft.

Sheriff Ruth Anderson called Difolco “ a fairly manipulative individual capable of working things to her own advantage” and deferred sentence until November.

“If there is any repetition of this matter,” the sheriff said, “I would not hesitate to impose a custodial sentence.”

* Meanwhile, a woman who supplied a breath sample more than three times the legal drink-drive limit after being seen driving a car into a grass verge at Ettrick Bay was told she faced a five-year driving ban when she appeared at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday.

Helen Clegg (59), whose address was given as Flat 2/1, 49 Castle Street, Port Bannatyne, admitted a charge of driving over the alcohol limit after supplying a sample which contained 121 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath (the legal limit is 35 microgrammes).

* Also at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday, a man who directed a volley of drunken abuse at two members of the public after he held up traffic by standing in the middle of a town centre street was fined £300.

Michael Hassan (31), address given as Flat 2, 38 Bridge Street, pleaded guilty to breaching the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly fashion, preventing vehicles from passing, shouting, swearing and acting aggressively in Montague Street on June 15.

* A Rothesay teenager was given six months on Monday to prove that an assault at his mother’s home was no more than a one-off.

Jonothan Triplow (19), whose address was given as Flat 0/2, 20 Castle Street, pleaded guilty to the assault at the property in Church Lane and to behaving in a manner likely to cause another person fear and alarm by shouting and swearing.

* Finally, a Rothesay man was fined £60 at the town’s sheriff court on Monday for failing to wear a seat belt while driving in Ardbeg Road on March 30.

Solicitor Jim Hannay said Mark Kelly (22), whose address was given as Flat 2/2, 109 Montague Street, had been offered a £60 fixed penalty ticket for the offence and had twice written to pay the fine, but the letters had not been received.

More details on each of these cases in the new issue of The Buteman – on sale from Thursday, August 16.