A bumper Thursday round-up from Tayside and Fife’s courts.
A 24-year-old man struck a baby on the head and pushed his thumb on the child’s head to its injury.
Lewis Stevenson, of Moredunvale Loan in Edinburgh, pled guilty to the assault charge when he appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
Court papers state the incident happened at a property in Castlandhill Road in Rosyth in June last year.
Sheriff Francis Gill adjourned sentencing until April 20 for the production of background reports.
Stevenson was released on bail.
Crown case complete
The Crown has completed its case against Mormon Bishop Dennis Campbell and his wife Avril in Dundee. The couple are accused of historical abuse of children in their care.
A stalker who bombarded his ex with unwanted phone calls and was spotted standing outside her home in the middle of the night eating pizza, will be sentenced next month.
James Robertson was found guilty after trial of engaging in a course of conduct which caused his former partner fear or alarm.
He repeatedly texted and phoned her, and uttered sexual remarks, between November 24 and December 8, last year.
The trial heard he sang Pretty Woman down the phone to his ex, and in another voicemail told her: “I hope you rot in hell.”
Robertson, 54, was due to be sentenced at Perth Sheriff Court but sentence was deferred until April 25, to allow Robertson to continue a psychiatric treatment order.
Serial crook caught out by crutch serial
Prolific housebreaker Mark Kilgallon admitted six charges at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. He was caught after the serial number on a crutch he left at one crime scene was matched to another at his home.
An engineering student from Newcastle drove the wrong way around a Kirkcaldy roundabout after becoming confused by the road layout.
Assam Maskeen assumed he was following a curve in the road after exiting Whyte Melville Road.
However he found himself in the path of an oncoming car, which was turning right from Oriel Road.
At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court he admitted careless driving.
Fiscal depute Mat Piskorz told the court the incident happened at around 8.30pm and immediately following the crash Maskeen told the other driver “I’ve gone about the roundabout the wrong way”.
Solicitor David Bell, defending, said Maskeen was visiting a friend and was unfamiliar with the road layout.
He said Maskeen had assumed the road was curving to the right and a wall on the roundabout prevented him seeing the other car.
He said: “It’s a pretty significant error that’s resulted in a collision.”
Maskeen, of Dilston Road, Newcastle, admitted driving carelessly on the roundabout junction between Oriel Road and Forth Avenue on December 18, 2020.
The 27-year-old, a mechanical engineering student at Northumbria University, was fined £300 and handed five penalty points.
Coke in cooker
Joiner John Duncan was jailed for three years after police found £30,000 worth of cocaine in a cooker in his business premises near Perth.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of assaulting police officers at Perth’s Job Centre.
Christopher Rennie was due to appeared at Perth Sheriff Court in connection with an alleged disturbance at the High Street branch.
The 34-year-old is accused of intentionally obstructing officers on October 8, last year, by lying on the floor and refusing to budge.
He is further accused of assaulting police officer Scott Hebbourn by attempting to punch and kick him.
And it is alleged Rennie behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing at police officers.
The full caseload of the Dundee Crime and Courts Team can be found here.