Jun 2 2010 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A BENEFITS fraudster who claimed £8000 incapacity benefit while he was working was sentenced to 150 hours’ community service at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
James Paterson (56), of The Oval, Glenboig, started work at Global Logistics in Hamilton but failed to discontinue his claim for benefits.
Sheriff Robert H Dickson said: “If people take benefits they are not entitled to it means that other people can’t get them when they need them.”
A FORMER Airdrie man was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and placed on probation for two years for repeatedly striking and headbutting a woman.
Twenty-year-old Peter McSwiggan, formerly of Ross Drive, Airdrie, but who now resides at Carntyne Road in Glasgow, was sentenced for assaulting Helen Forbes and committing a breach of the peace by shouting and swearing at her and a 14-year-old girl on January 6, 2009, at a house in Ross Drive, Airdrie.
A COATBRIDGE man who has repeatedly failed to turn up for his community service placement has had his sentence deferred for social enquiry reports.
Martin Henry Clark (25), of Merryston Court, Coatbridge, had his sentence deferred until June 23.
KEVIN Higgins was admonished when he appeared at court.
Thirty-two-year-old Higgins, of no fixed abode, had been convicted at an earlier date on a charge of breach of the peace for shouting and swearing at Bankhead Place in Airdrie on October 28, 2009.
Sheriff Dickson said: “Last time I saw you your behaviour was totally unacceptable but the family is prepared to forgive you and in the circumstances I admonish you.”
A SHOPLIFTER who stole clothing and groceries from ASDA in Coatbridge was sentenced to 200 hours’ community service.
Twenty-two-year-old Karen Gurie, of Elm Street, Coatbridge, who committed the offence on April 1 of this year, was warned that she was lucky to escape a jail sentence.
Said Sheriff Dickson said: “If you hadn’t pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity I’d have sentenced you to four months.”
AN AIRDRIE man who broke into a storage cupboard at flats in the street where he lives, and stole two washing machines and a trolley, has had his sentence deferred until June 23 for social enquiry reports.
Twenty-nine-year-old William Walker, of Kippen Street, Airdrie, was also charged with the reset of four fishing rods, a tackle box and fishing umbrella as well as a retractable advertising board.
A SHOPLIFTER was found to be in possession of heroin when she was arrested by police.
Deborah Laidlaw (25) stole a quilt cover set from Morrisons, Gartlea Road, Airdrie, on February 15 of this year.
Sentence was deferred until next month for reports.
A VANDAL went on a graffiti spree when he painted three different business premises on the same day.
Thomas Jackson (30), of Sycamore Drive, Airdrie, damaged the properties of Kelvin Wines in Bellshill; Kirkshaws Family Butcher, Woodhall Place; and Old Monkland Stores on Old Monkland Road, both Coatbridge, on January 9 this year.
Sentence was deferred for four weeks for psychiatric reports.
A MAN caught with cannabis and heroin in Bankhead Avenue, Craigneuk, has had his sentence deferred for community service assessment.
Thirty-year-old Jamie Roy, of Main Street, Shotts, was found to have the drugs in his possession on January 17 this year.