Jun 23 2010 Airdrie & Coatbridge
Duo caught in industrial estate mischief.
TWO men ended up in court after getting into trouble with cops at a Coatbridge business park.
Paul Bamrick of Woodhall Avenue, Calderbank, and John Clark, of Argus Avenue, Chapelhall were found in Greenhill Industrial estate, Coatbridge, on November 4 last year by the police.
Police officers caught Clark (35) on the upper level of a building and he later admitted being there “without lawful authority so that it may be reasonably inferred you intended to commit theft”.
Bamrick (35) was in the industrial estate at the same time and when questioned, he told police officers he needed medication from his car, where police found an offensive weapon – a spring cosh.
Bamrick admitted possession of the weapon but had a plea of not guilty accepted to the charge that he was in the estate to commit theft.
He told police: “I was in there, but I wasn’t there to steal.”
Roberto Manini, defending Bamrick, said the police discovered the cosh because of the information the accused gave them.
The lawyer said: “The only reason police officers knew it was there is because he directed them to the car to get his medication.
“It was in a locked glove compartment.”
Clark’s lawyer, Eric Wallace, told the court that his client had been released, on license, from custody in March 2009 after serving time for culpable homicide.
Mr Wallace referred to a background report which stated that Clark had been co-operating since his release.
The lawyer said: “He has a terrible record, but has done very well since he came out and there seems to be considerable progress in relation to him keeping out of trouble.”
Mr Wallace said his client had a long-standing heroin problem, but was now on methadone.
On the day of his arrest Clark was under the influence of alcohol, the lawyer added.
Sheriff Frank Pieri told Clark that he was very close to going back to jail.
While sentencing both men, he told Clark: “In your case it was touch and go.
“I am taking into account that you have been on curfew and I think I can deal with it with an alternative to custody.”
Sheriff Pieri ordered Clark to carry out 135 hours of community service, reduced from 150 hours for his early guilty plea.
Bamrick was place on a 7pm to 7am curfew for the next 80 days, reduced from four months.