Feb 8 2012 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A THIEF who almost killed himself trying to flee from an Airdrie office he had just robbed was spared jail when he appeared for sentencing.
Gary Braiden (31) of Lime Crescent, Greengairs, fell from the town centre building opposite Airdrie Sheriff Court on April 11 last year.
Fiscal depute Neil Martin outlined the events to the court, saying: “It was 6.10pm that evening and the witness was walking on Graham Street; their attention was drawn to a man hanging from the window of an office.
“He was hanging onto the guttering but then fell from this and received what seemed to be significant injuries.
“The accused was then taken to Monklands Hospital. He wasn’t charged at the time because of the injuries he had sustained.”
The court then heard that Braiden’s clothing was searched and items taken without the owner’s consent were recovered.
The recovered items – valued at £1381 – included an iPhone, a pair of glasses, two watches, a vanity case, hair straighteners, a bracelet, a memory stick, headphones, a chain and a packet of crisps.
His defence agent said: “He is an extremely lucky individual to appear before this court today.
“He doesn’t recall a great deal about it and left himself in a terrible state. It was a wake-up call in the extreme for him.”
The court heard that Braiden’s injuries included a laceration to his liver, a broken jaw, a fractured cheekbone and a fractured pelvis.
Sheriff Robert Dickson said: “In the circumstances you have been punished to some degree already – but if it wasn’t for this I would have considered locking you up.
“As your solicitor said, you’re extremely lucky to be alive and it’s a credit to the emergency services that you are.”
The sheriff placed Braiden on a community payback order for a period of two years.