Feb 8 2012 Airdrie & Coatbridge
Airdrie Sheriff Court
A SHERIFF has warned a shoplifter that she will face prison if she ever appears in court again.
Michelle McGeough (34) of Horatio Street in Motherwell appeared for sentencing on three charges of shoplifting from stores in Coatbridge’s Main Street on October 21 last year.
At Airdrie Sheriff Court, Sheriff Robert Dickson told McGeough: “This court doesn’t take kindly to shoplifters, especially those from out of town. I am considering a custodial sentence, this isn’t a case of you stealing from one store, you’ve gone to three places”
McGeough stole a quantity of clothing from Asda, a quantity of hair and cosmetic goods from Boots and a variety of goods from SemiChem including Burberry perfume, Pringle socks, two watches and body wash. The goods totalling £433.98 were all recovered.
McGeough’s solicitor Roberto Manini told the court: “My client doesn’t need to fund a [drug] habit or anything like that, she has an 11-year-old child to take care of.”
When the sheriff asked the accused to tell him why he shouldn’t impose a custodial sentence, a tearful McGeough replied: “ I just want to be a good mother. My own mum is paralysed from the waist down and I help her. I will never get into bother again, I don’t know why I did it.”
Before placing McGeough on a community payback order for two years, Sheriff Dickson told McGeough: “I never want to see you before this court or any other court again or you will face going to prison.”
A MAN who smashed the window of a car and punched a police officer has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community by a sheriff.
Peter Patterson (34) of Balvenie Street, Coatbridge, smashed the driver side window of the vehicle with a brick in the town’s Rosehall Avenue on January 3 this year when he also punched a police officer on the head.
At Airdrie Sheriff Court Patterson was placed on a community payback order for two years, with the condition that he complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £80 in compensation.
A COATBRIDGE woman who carried out an assault at a nightclub in the town has been fined £160.
Louisa Meechan (20) of Luggieburn Walk assaulted Mhairi Costello at the Edge Nightclub in Main Street on July 15, 2010.
Meechan seized the victim by the hair and pulled her to the ground. She then kicked her on the body.
A WOMAN who breached her probation order has been told by a sheriff to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Diane Gilles (22) of Southfield Crescent in Coatbridge was also placed on a new probation order for three years, when she appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
Gilles had been placed on the initial order following an incident on Whifflet Street in the town on August 23, 2008, when she assaulted two men and a woman, and for vandalising a car in a separate incident on October 24, 2009, at a car park in Calder Street.
One of the men was struck with a bottle that Gilles threw, the other was kicked on the body and punched on the head. The woman was also punched on the head.
In the incident involving the car, Gilles jumped on the bonnet of the vehicle and kicked the headlights causing damage, she was on bail at the time.
Sheriff Robert Dickson also set a probation order review date for March 7 this year.
AN AIRDRIE man who shouted, swore and kicked furniture appeared at the town’s sheriff court for sentencing.
The incident took place on February 20 last year at an address in Commonside Street in the town.
Craig Gardiner (26) of Rannoch Road was admonished by Sheriff Robert Dickson after the court heard that he had been of good behaviour.