Sheriff orders destruction of dog which bit Bute postie

Following a proof in mitigation at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday, Sheriff Ruth Anderson gave an order for the destruction of a dog which bit a postman on the leg in Port Bannatyne.
Following a proof in mitigation at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday, Sheriff Ruth Anderson gave an order for the destruction of a dog which bit a postman on the leg in Port Bannatyne.

A sheriff has ordered the destruction of an English bull terrier which bit a Bute postman on the leg outside a house in Port Bannatyne.

Eleven-year-old Bruce attacked the postman after escaping when his owner, Stanley Ferguson, opened a gate to accept mail for his workplace on June 5 this year.

Eighty-year-old Ferguson had previously admitted being in charge of a dog which was “dangerously out of control” outside his home, Gu Brath, in the village’s Castle Street - but the presiding sheriff at that hearing asked for a ‘proof in mitigation’ to decide whether the dog should be destroyed.

At that proof on Monday, Ferguson’s lawyer, Derek Robertson, argued that Bruce was not a danger to the public, and suggested that a dog control order be considered instead.

But Sheriff Ruth Anderson said she was satisfied, on the basis of the narrative provided by Mr Robertson and fiscal depute Lindy Scaife, that it was appropriate to make an order for the destruction of the dog.

* A Rothesay man was jailed for seven months on Monday after being convicted of threatening or abusive behaviour towards his neighbours - for the second time in three months.

Ian Mooney (34), address given as 24 Longhill Terrace, was found guilty of shouting, swearing and directing abusive comments towards his then neighbour on October 15.

Mooney had been convicted on September 9 of a similar offence of shouting, uttering a threat and gesticulating on August 4.

He was jailed for three months on each offence, the two sentences to run consecutively, and for a further month for an aggravation of bail.

* A former Rothesay resident pleaded guilty on Monday to three charges relating to an incident in the town’s East Princes Street on August 11.

John Maitland (30), address given as 79 Roebank Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, admitted assaulting one man by kicking and punching him, assaulting another man by spitting on him, and repeatedly shouting, swearing and struggling with police.

Sentence was deferred until December 16 for reports.

* Stewart Tonner (73), address given as 4 Mountclare Gardens, Port Bannatyne, was fined £300 and banned from driving for 12 months on Monday after admitting a charge of drink-driving.

Police spoke to Tonner after seeing him park in Guildford Square on October 30, and noted he was smelling strongly of alcohol; he supplied a breath sample with a reading of 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Jim Hannay, defending, said Tonner had drunk a can of lager with his lunch and two whiskies thereafter to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary.