‘Stupid’ Rothesay teen fined for sectarian, abusive comments

A ROTHESAY teenager who directed racial and sectarian comments towards police was branded “stupid” by the sentencing sheriff when he appeared in court this week.

John Maitlant (18), whose address was given as 3 Alma Terrace, was fined £320 after admitting behaving in a threatening and abusive manner while making sectarian and racially-aggravated comments at Rothesay police office on April 21 while under arrest for another matter.

Maitland’s solicitor told Rothesay Sheriff Court that his client recognised that drink lay at the root of his troubles, and that he had not drunk since the incident took place.

Sheriff Ruth Anderson said: “You’re a stupid 18-year-old, not knowing what you’re talking about - just mouthing off. I’m not going to waste taxpayers’ money on a pointless punishment.”

* A Port Bannatyne woman was told to stay out of trouble for the next three months at Rothesay Sheriff Court this week after admitting making homophobic and racially-aggravated comments during an incident in the village.

Elizabeth Louise Draime (25), whose address was given as 25C Castle Street, directed the comments at another village resident who, the court heard, had smiled at her as they passed in the street on April 15.

Jim, Hannay, defending, said Draime - who, the court had been told, was dealing with a drug problem - had been on the end of numerous comments from people living nearby and felt she was being sniggered at on the day the incident happened.

Sheriff Anderson suggested Draime should simply ignore the comments, rather than resorting to “unattractive behaviour”.

* A Rothesay man who refused to pay a £60 fixed penalty for failing to wear a seat belt while driving saw his fine doubled to £120 when he appeared at the town’s sheriff court this week.

The court heard that Mark Kelly (22), address given as Flat 2/2, 109 Montague Street, had told police on April 18: “Just report me to the fiscal - I’m no’ paying it.”

* More details on all Rothesay Sheriff Court cases in the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 23.