Jul 13 2011 Airdrie & Coatbridge
Airdrie Sheriff Court
A TEENAGER has been locked up for almost six months for offences including theft of garden equipment, assault and attempts to steal a car and break into a house.
Gordon Smith was told by Sheriff Frank Pieri: “You’ve been given every opportunity – probation and community service – you’ve ignored those and I’m left with no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.”
The 18-year-old received the bulk of his sentence for a break-in which took place at a house on Victoria Place in Airdrie on August 14 last year.
He pleaded guilty to breaking into a garage and stealing a petrol hedge trimmer, strimmer, electric welder and bag of fishing tackle.
Smith, who was subject to three bail orders at the time, also admitted trying to steal a car by cutting its ignition wires, and cutting the seal of a conservatory door in an attempt to break into and steal from the same address.
The procurator fiscal depute told Airdrie Sheriff Court: “The car had been parked and secured on August 13 and the owner had gone to bed.
“At 4.30am, police carrying out enquiries in relation to another matter in the same street saw that the garage door was open and informed the complainer.
“There was damage to the door where it had been open; items were missing from the garage and there was damage to the car where various ignition wires were cut.
“A short time later, the same complainer saw damage to the conservatory door, caused by a sharp implement in an attempt to cut the seal of the door to gain entry.”
Defence solicitor Nicky Matteo said: “He seems to have woken up.
“He’s asking for another chance and seems genuine.”
However, Sheriff Pieri said the accused had had enough chances. He sentenced the teenager to 110 days for the offences – and a consecutive two-month sentence for assaulting a woman on July 14, 2009, revoking the previous punishment orders.
Smith, of Kirkness Street in the town, also received concurrent sentences of one month for behaving in a disorderly manner at Hillfoot Drive in Gartlead on July 30, 2009, and 40 days for failing to attend weekly bail appointments at Airdrie police office between May 13 and June 10.