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Weekend courtroom roll – a sewage spiller, a stalker and against the law of trend


Our reporters have been sitting in courtrooms throughout the north and north-east this week and coated all kinds of instances.

Man struck lady on face

A person who threatened to glass a girl earlier than putting her on the facet of the face has prevented jail.

Dale Standen had been consuming closely for days earlier than the incident outdoors Max’s Takeaway in Inverness metropolis centre.

Dale Standen

He instructed the lady “I’ll glass you”, however when she smashed the glass out of his hand, he struck her on the facet of the top as a substitute.

Standen, 27, appeared for sentencing at Inverness Sheriff Court docket having beforehand admitted a single assault cost.

Drink-driver was greater than 5 occasions the restrict

A drink-driver with an “extraordinarily excessive” breath alcohol degree was seen hitting a kerb and swerving into oncoming site visitors.

Matthew Varley had been consuming at dwelling when he obtained a telephone name from an upset good friend and determined to drive to be together with her.


Matthew Varley.

However witnesses who had been involved about his driving known as the police and so they discovered him to be greater than 5 occasions the drink-drive restrict.

Varley, 47, admitted a single drink-driving cost at Inverness Sheriff Court docket.

Chef hounded ex-girlfriend

A rejected ex-boyfriend hounded a girl with 200 calls and 80 texts then instructed her he’d present her “what a monster actually is” after their relationship ended.

Chay Cargill despatched the undesirable messages and made quite a few calls to the lady after their one-year relationship got here to an finish in June final yr.


Chay Cargill.

The 26-year-old pestered the lady with greater than 200 calls and voicemails between July 1 and August 7, 2021, Elgin Sheriff Court docket heard.

Fiscal depute Naomi Duffy-Welsh stated Cargill despatched 80 texts from a withheld quantity within the area of 90 minutes.

Thief flooded North Sea with sewage

A thief snuck right into a Scottish Water plant and managed to launch three million litres of uncooked, untreated sewage into the North Sea.

Andrew Shepherd was found sleeping in a altering room on the plant on Coast Highway, Aberdeen, after having clambered via an unlocked window.

Andrew Shepherd.
Andrew Shepherd.

The 41-year-old ransacked drawers but additionally tampered with a management panel, shutting off energy and inflicting uncooked sewage to pour into the ocean.

Fiscal depute Brian Younger instructed Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket employees had been working on the plant at round 6am on April 10 when instrumentation indicated one thing was flawed with water stream and communications.

Masked man repeated stabbed rival

A person has been jailed for 3 years after he chased a rival via Fraserburgh at evening whereas sporting a masks, earlier than stabbing him repeatedly.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket heard that Daniel Hewison, 24, had “dangerous blood” along with his sufferer as a result of a dispute over a debt.

Daniel Hewison.
Daniel Hewison.

The sufferer started receiving threatening messages from a telephone quantity he didn’t recognise at 8pm on November 28 final yr.

Quickly afterwards, he additionally obtained a variety of voicemails and recognised the voice as belonging to Hewison, also called Daniel Winter, who’s at present a prisoner at HMP Grampian.

Military veteran jailed after repeatedly raping lady

A military veteran who repeatedly raped a girl and smeared blood on her face throughout one of many assaults has been jailed for 50 months.

Robert Millar first assaulted his sufferer at an tackle in Elgin on June 1 2020 when he seized her by the neck earlier than subjecting her to a repeated rape ordeal.

The 34-year-old struck once more on September 23 that yr at a flat within the city.

He gripped his sufferer by the neck and threw the lady in opposition to a wall. Her arm was compelled up her again and the previous soldier smeared blood on her face.

Twisted home abuser

A serial home abuser who compelled his girlfriend to dig a grave for his or her miscarried child together with her naked palms has been jailed.

Kevin Anderson was branded “a severe danger to any lady” after a courtroom heard of his campaigns of violent and controlling abuse in direction of two girlfriends over the course of 5 years.


Kevin Anderson

He pushed his pregnant companion down a flight of stairs, inflicting her to miscarry, and stabbed one other lady within the leg with a pair of scissors, Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket was instructed.

Police welcomed the jail sentence and praised his two victims for having the braveness to return ahead.

Crimes to trend

A person who tried to interrupt into an Aberdeen flat was caught because of his distinctive crimson hair and socks and sandals combo.

Jack Smith startled a girl when he appeared at her kitchen window on Gerrard Road and tried to achieve his hand inside.


Jack Smith has a particular sense of trend

The courageous lady confronted the 29-year-old, who she noticed on her CCTV after listening to a loud bang when Smith kicked the window.

Smith left, however police had been rapidly capable of hint him within the space after being handed the detailed description of his distinctive type.

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Grinning baby rapist jailed

A person who laughed after being discovered responsible of repeatedly raping a baby has a “real” feeling of regret, his lawyer instructed a courtroom.

James Freeman, 50, was jailed seven years on the listening to by decide Simon Collins QC on the Excessive Court docket in Edinburgh.


James Freeman. Image by Wullie Marr

The courtroom had beforehand heard how Freeman wished he had a time machine so he might journey again in time to cease himself from preying on the lady.

Jurors heard how Freeman had abused the then baby, who can’t be named for authorized causes, between Might 2013 and 2017.

Schoolgirl sexually assaulted at magnificence spot

A terrified schoolgirl was chased by a bike owner and sexually assaulted in broad daylight at a preferred magnificence spot in Moray.

Benjamin Mearns, 43, grabbed the 14-year-old lady and uncovered her breasts close to the River Spey at Fochabers.


Benjamin Mearns sexually assaulted a woman on the River Spey close to Fochabers

The disturbing assault got here after the lady and her pals made their approach dwelling from a day of swimming on the river.

Inverness Sheriff Court docket was instructed Mearns first approached two ladies and three boys as they walked in direction of the Pinni space of the river on July 24 final yr.

Man accused of high-rise poo spree

A person has appeared in courtroom going through greater than a dozen expenses of smearing poo on doorways and lifts in an Aberdeen block of flats.

Husein Sharif, 38, appeared from custody at Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket in relation to the alleged offences, which occurred over the course of a month at Hutcheon Court docket.

Sharif, who additionally lives within the high-rise constructing, is alleged to have dedicated 14 breaches of the peace by “depositing faecal matter” on the entrance doorways of his neighbours, communal doorways and lifts.

The alleged offences had been dedicated between June 2 and July 3.

Milkman held knife to spouse’s chest

A milkman held a bread knife to his spouse’s chest following a row after she discovered messages on his iPad.

Robert Ritchie walked to the kitchen to get the blade because the couple argued at their dwelling on Westray Highway in Aberdeen on January 22.


Robert Ritchie.

The 57-year-old marched as much as the lady and held the knife to her chest.

Fiscal depute Jennifer Pritchard instructed Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket: “The accused and complainer have been in a relationship for about 25 years and reside collectively on the locus.

£1 million hashish farmer jailed

Hashish price nearly £1 million was recovered from a medicine farm which had been arrange by two unlawful immigrants in a former Moray resort, a courtroom has heard.

The huge cultivation was found in September 2020, when residents in Buckie reported to police a powerful scent coming from the previous Highlander Lodge.


Luggage of hashish are faraway from the previous Highland Lodge in Buckie

Officers obtained a search warrant for the premises, which have been closed since 2019, and arrested two Vietnamese males, following a quick chase.

It was ultimately accepted that 35-year-old Thong Nguyn was the sufferer of human-trafficking and he’s now again in Vietnam after agreeing to return there as a deportee.

Lady tried to punch bouncer

A girl tried to punch an Aberdeen nightclub bouncer after accusing them of letting in underagers.

Nichole Bonner approached bouncers outdoors Priory on Belmont Road simply earlier than midnight and commenced accusing them of permitting underage folks contained in the venue.


Nichole Bonner.

However after they tried to disregard her and requested her to depart, the 24-year-old flew right into a rage and began shouting and swearing.

When Bonner threw an unsuccessful punch towards one of many bouncers she was restrained to the bottom.

TV presenter’s neighbour accused of stalking

A former Aberdeen TV information presenter wept as she instructed a courtroom her “obsessed” next-door neighbour “terrorised” her so badly she has needed to transfer out of her own residence.

Isla Traquair suffered nightmares and panic assaults as a result of consideration of Jonathan Barrett, who allegedly appeared at her conservatory window at 7am as she was about to undress and on one other event “chainsawed” a bush in her backyard.


Jonathan Barrett is accused of stalking Isla Traquair. Image by Solent Information

The ex-STV and Channel 5 Information presenter grew to become frightened of “bizarre” Barrett who shocked her quickly after she moved in by climbing over a wall into her backyard and coming into her home to supply her a sandwich, the courtroom heard.

It was additionally alleged he would stand outdoors and stare immediately into the bed room window of her idyllic 1700s nation cottage, on the sting of the Cotswolds.

Hazard driver fell out of automotive

A harmful driver fell out of his automotive as he left a path of destruction via Aberdeen whereas unfit to drive via drink or medication.

Robert Labutin was concerned in two separate crashes with different automobiles as he sped and swerved via Aberdeen.


Robert Labutin.

At one level, the 44-year-old was even seen falling out of his automotive, earlier than getting again in and driving alongside the pavement, forcing a pedestrian to leap out of the way in which.

Fiscal depute Jennifer Pritchard instructed Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket Labutin’s Volkswagen Passat was seen on Market Road at 2pm on Might 23 “travelling at velocity and weaving between lanes”.

Neighbour responsible of stalking

An expert gardener was in the present day convicted of stalking a former Aberdeen TV presenter as magistrates dominated he had turn out to be “infatuated” together with her when she moved in subsequent door.

Isla Traquair suffered nightmares and panic assaults as a result of consideration of Jonathan Barrett, who stared into her bed room window and “chainsawed” a bush in her backyard.


Jonathan Barrett stalked Isla Traquair. Image by Solent Information

The ex-STV and Channel 5 information presenter stated Barrett “terrorised” her for seven months between March and September 2021 after she moved into her idyllic 1700s nation cottage, on the sting of the Cotswolds.

Ms Traquair, 42, grew to become frightened of “bizarre” Barrett, who shocked her quickly after she arrived when he climbed over her backyard wall after which entered her home to supply her a sandwich.

Teen who took knife to high school instructed to behave

A teen who took a knife into faculty in Aberdeenshire has escaped punishment – however obtained a stern warning from a sheriff.

The 17-year-old boy beforehand pled responsible to possessing a knife within the secondary faculty in Aberdeenshire.

The Press and Journal just isn’t allowed to call the teenager or the college for authorized causes.

Sentence had beforehand been deferred for experiences, and the boy has now returned to the dock at Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket to study his destiny.

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Man verbally abused Tory chief

A person who known as Moray MP Douglas Ross a “f****** Tory” and in contrast the Conservative Get together to Nazis has since adopted a “extra measured approach of speaking”, a courtroom has heard.

David Levon, 59, shouted and swore on the politician and his employees throughout a foul-mouthed rant that left the chief of the Scottish Conservatives fearing for his personal security.


David Levon was in Elgin Sheriff Court docket for verbally abusing Douglas Ross

Levon, a musician from Forres, was discovered responsible of being threatening and abusive on two events on the MP’s constituency workplace in town’s Excessive Road.

On the second event, he returned to the workplace along with his child daughter strapped to his chest whereas he hurled abuse.

Drink-driver ploughed into lamppost

A drink-driver mounted the pavement and smashed right into a lamppost whereas nearly six occasions the authorized booze restrict.

James Gordon’s driving was so surprising that one involved witness phoned the police and adopted him.


James Gordon, entrance, leaving courtroom.

They noticed his work van clip one other automotive, smashing its wing mirror off, and proceed driving till he collided with a lamppost whereas attempting to take a nook.

Fiscal depute Kiril Bonavino instructed Aberdeen Sheriff Court docket a witness first noticed the Volkswagen van being pushed by Gordon, 56, “swerving” throughout the A947 close to the junction with Riverview Drive, into oncoming site visitors.

WATCH: 60 canine saved and rehomed after brutal pet farm uncovered

The lives of dozens of poorly canine have been saved after they had been rescued from squalid residing circumstances on a pet farm and located loving properties.

Nearly 60 canine had been seized by the SSPCA from Balnamoon farm, close to Keith, however, with two of them pregnant, the animal welfare charity landed up caring for 78 canine in whole.


Arthur Hessin, 22, left, and Samuel Ronald Hessin, 49

One canine was pregnant with its third litter of the yr – another than is allowed in its lifetime – and died throughout beginning in what was considered brought on by overbreeding.

The Moray pet farmer who stored the disease-ridden canine in filthy circumstances instructed investigators he was “solely required to offer meals, water and shelter” to the animals.

Scholar’s sick calls to ladies

An Aberdeen College legislation scholar who terrified three fellow college students with a sequence of sexually-threatening calls was caught when one in all his victims turned the tables on him.

Adam Fowlie, 23, hid his telephone quantity and disguised his voice with an automatic voice generator when he made the menacing calls to a few ladies.


Adam Fowlie admitted bombarding ladies at his college with calls and making sexual threats towards them.

He instructed one “I wish to rape you” after which, chillingly, talked about her title and the place she lives.

Fowlie additionally bombarded one other younger lady with 17 calls in a single week that had been stuffed with vile sexual remarks.

Faculty janitor banned

A drink-driving Aberdeenshire faculty janitor has been banned from the street and hit with a tremendous.

Alan MacMillan was seen swerving throughout the A96 by an alarmed member of the general public, who alerted police.


Alan MacMillan.

Officers positioned the 42-year-old on the Inverurie to Huntly street close to the junction with the unclassified Harlaw street.

MacMillan beforehand pled responsible to driving with 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The authorized restrict is 22 microgrammes.

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