Feb 20 2013 By Court Reporter
Airdrie Sheriff Court
Here are details of some of the cases heard before Sheriff Petra Collins last week at Airdrie Sheriff Court:
Man punched woman
A man who punched a woman on the face had his case adjourned when he appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
Grant McLellan, 20, of Woodside Tower in Motherwell, committed the offence on November 22, 2011, in Abercromby Crescent in Bargeddie.
McLellan, who formerly lived in Kippin Street, Airdrie, was found guilty at trial on January 16 this year.
He was also found guilty of a second charge of pushing a 15-year-old girl to the ground and bending her fingers back during the incident.
Sheriff Petra Collins said: “I’m not in a position to deal with this today as I don’t have any reports .”
The case was adjourned until March 13 for criminal justice social work reports and a probation progress report.
McLellan also failed to appear at a court diet in February last year. Sentence was deferred until March 13.
A drunk man who made racist remarks to an employee at Monklands Hospital has narrowly escaped a jail term.
John Mitchell, 41, of Kippen Street in Airdrie was appearing at Airdrie Sheriff Court to be sentenced for the offence which took place on July 5 last year.
It was 1.30am and Kippen behaved in a racially aggravated manner when he became aggressive and said to the member of the medical staff who had been examining him: “Ya black b*****d”.
He had previously been asked to stop swearing but had continued placing people in fear for their safety. Mitchell pleaded guilty to the offence on September 25.
Sheriff Petra Collins told Mitchell: “This is a very serious charge and the most likely option is a custodial sentence but I’m going to give you the chance of something other than a period in prison.”
He was placed on a community payback order with the conditions that he be supervised for the next 18 months and complete 60 hours of unpaid work within the next three months.
Scissors in store
An Airdrie man who was caught with a pair of scissors has had his case adjourned.
Steven Wood, 26, of Kennilworth Drive, was in possession of the scissors at Aldi in the town’s High Street and at Coatbridge police office on December 12. The case was adjourned at Airdrie Sheriff Court until March 13 for a criminal justice social work report to be prepared and for a drug treatment assessment.
A woman who spat on a police officer and repeatedly tried to spit on a paramedic has been placed on supervision.
Freda Leslie, 54, committed the offences on December 29. Both of Leslie’s victims were women.
The 54-year-old spat on the special constable after police were called to her home in Torbrex Road, Cumbernauld.
A hood was placed on Leslie’s head while she was in the ambulance taking her to Monklands Hospital to prevent her spitting.
Airdrie Sheriff Court heard that she managed to remove it by rubbing her head on the bed within the vehicle and then spat on the paramedic.
She repeatedly shouted, swore and made threats in the ambulance and at the hospital.
James Sloan, defence solicitor for Leslie, said: “She is deeply ashamed by her behaviour. There is a drink problem underlying this. There had been a family argument on Boxing Day and she was feeling low because none of her family spoke to her for a few days.
“I don’t think she is someone who will appear before the court again.”
Sheriff Petra Collins said: “This was an appalling incident. I hope Mr Sloan is right and you won’t be back before this court again.”
First offender Leslie was placed on a community payback order and will be supervised for the next two years.
Three Coatbridge women have been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community after admitting benefits frauds totalling tens of thousands of pounds.
In all three cases, which were unconnected, the women were placed on community service orders when they appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court for sentencing. All three had pleaded guilty to the charges at earlier court hearings.
Janice Hannaway, 49, of Leven Road, Townhead, claimed housing and council tax benefits of £12,000 she was not entitled to between June 2005 and June 2011.
Hannaway failed to inform the authorities that her husband was living with her and in full-time employment. She was ordered to carry out 150 hours of work in the community.
Angela Fisher, 53, of Kirkwood Street, also failed to notify the appropriate bodies that she was working and claimed £12,300 in benefits. She was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work while Karyn McLoughlan, 37, of Lomond Road, Townhead, claimed £2695 in benefits she was not entitled to.
McLoughlan failed to inform the Department of Work and Pensions that she was working between February 1, 2010, and January 8, 2011. She was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.