A Saturday afternoon assault on Dunfermline High Street has been likened to “two bald men fighting over a comb”.
Jason Maxwell, 40, was spotted by police assaulting another man in the town centre on July 30.
The pair had been arguing over a woman, Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard.
Maxwell, of Erskine Wynd, Oakley, appeared from custody and pleaded guilty to lunging towards Robert Hooper and pushing him on the head.
Procurator fiscal depute Lauren Pennycook told the court that the pair and a woman had been arguing in the city’s high street around 3:50pm.
The fiscal depute said it quickly turned to physical altercation and police were sent to the scene following calls from members of the public.
She said: “They (police) saw Mr Maxwell lunge towards witness Hooper and push him to the face with his right hand.”
Defence lawyer Alexander Flett explained Maxwell and the woman were ordinarily in a relationship and that Mr Hooper had been trying to persuade her to “abandon Mr Maxwell for him.”
The solicitor said his client hadn’t reacted until the end of the altercation, at which point a police vehicle entered the high street.
Mr Flett described the incident as “a case of two bald men fighting over a comb” and that all three people involved had been drinking.
He said Maxwell had been remanded in custody since July 30.
Sheriff Susan Duff admonished Maxwell.
‘Horrendous’ driving record
A speeding motorist with a “horrendous” record has narrowly been allowed to keep his licence.
James Schiavone admitted motoring along the M90, near Bridge of Earn, at 90mph on June 20, last year.
The 62-year-old was not at Perth Sheriff Court when his case called.
His solicitor said he had had to go back to Italy, where a family member had fallen ill.
The court was told Schiavone runs a property maintenance firm and had been on his way back from an emergency call-out in Crieff.
Schiavone, of Auchavan Gardens, Glenrothes, already had six points on his licence after he was caught using his mobile phone while driving in 2019.
His lawyer pointed out his points were just a month away from expiring.
He asked the court to impose five penalty points. “I may be pushing my luck here,” he said.
Sheriff Gillian Wade agreed, pointing out that the reduced charge of speeding would normally have been dealt with in the Justice of the Peace court.
Schiavone was also fined £900.
The sheriff said: “He has a horrendous driving record.”
Pervert tried to hide phone
A paedophile who tried to hide his phone on a window ledge during a police raid was caught with nearly 25,000 sickening child abuse images.
Richard Ingram spent years sharing illicit images with other paedophiles online and had a stash of videos which would have taken over ten days to watch.
He was found with material showing children of all ages – from newborn babies to 15-year-olds – being abused in a mountain of horrifying material.
Thousands of videos and still images had been collected on a number of devices by Ingram over a period of more than six years.
Drug driver caught
A 21-year-old Inverkeithing man motored through Rosyth while more than six-times the drug-drive limit.
Steven Johnston, of Fordell Way, pled guilty to the offence by letter at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
Court papers state he drove a car on Rosyth’s Queensferry Road on July 7 last year when he had 320 microgrammes of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system.
The prescribed limit is 50mics.
Sheriff Susan Duff adjourned sentence until September 13.
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