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Wednesday court round-up — Rapist jailed and drunken police chase

A midweek round-up of court cases from Tayside and Fife.

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High risk, convicted sex offender Darren Napier was jailed for six and a half years after subjecting two women to rape ordeals.

Napier, 33, raped his first victim at a house in Fort William between November 2018 and February 2019.

He struck again more than a year later when he raped a sleeping woman in Kennoway, Fife on November 28 2020.

Judge Lord Lake told Napier at the High Court in Edinburgh the attacks would have caused trauma and were likely to have long lasting effects.

The judge pointed out he has “a significant history” of previous convictions, including for sexual offences.

A background report prepared said Napier did not accept responsibility for his actions and concluded he presented a high risk of sexual re-offending.

The judge ordered he be kept under supervision for a further four years.

Napier had earlier denied the rape charges at a trial at the High Court in Inverness but was found guilty.

Napier, who followed the proceedings via a TV link to prison, was told he would be placed on the Sex Offenders’ register indefinitely.

Footballer killed father

Former Montrose FC striker Craig Smart,44, was jailed after killing Fife father and Army veteran Dave McArthur with his van at a zebra crossing in Cardenden. He was convicted of causing death by careless driving.

Craig Smart (left) caused the death of Dave McArthur.

Attacked house

An Aberfeldy woman who attacked her partner’s home, causing hundreds of pounds of damage, has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Kerry Fox, 37, woke neighbours with her early morning outburst in Breadalbane Terrace.

She admitted causing fear or alarm by behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on March 28 when she appeared at Perth Sheriff Court.

She also pled guilty to making violent threats to police officers and breaking a bail order not to approach her girlfriend.

Fiscal depute Rebecca Kynaston told the court the complainer was woken at 6,45am : by the accused shouting and swearing at her front door and demanding entry.

She was demanding her mobile phone, which the complainer said she did not have.

The prosecutor said: “Neighbours were woken by the sound of smashing at the front door and screaming from the property.

“The accused was heard to shout out: ‘I just want my f***ing phone’ and ‘if you don’t give me it, I’m going to smash the f***ing window in.’

“The accused then picked up a rock and used it to the hit the door, damaging the letter box.

“She went to the bedroom window of the property and continued to shout and swear.

“After a few minutes, glass was heard to smash.”

Police were called and they recovered a golf club when they found Fox in a distressed state still outside the property.

Ms Kynaston said about £700 worth of damage was caused to the council home.

Solicitor Mike Tavendale, defending, said Fox had suffered difficulties with her mental health and the relationship is now over.

Fox was placed on supervision for two years and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

She was ordered to stay clear of her ex as part of a year-long non-harassment order.

Her case will be reviewed in August, when she is due to be sentenced for clashing with police at a property in Old Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, on September 5 last year.

Sectarian rant

A St Johnstone fan who jumped on a Celtic supporters’ bus and chanted “deeply offensive” sectarian slurs has been handed a football ban. Drunken Bailey Netherington was running from police when he clambered onto the coach and repeatedly shouted: “Dirty Fenian b******s.” A sheriff told the 21-year-old he was lucky only the driver was on the bus, “or the outcome could have been very different.”

Bailey Netherington appeared at Perth Sheriff Court.

Drunken police chase

An uninsured drunk driver drove someone else’s car away from a crash in Dundee and evaded police until his wheel fell off.

Craig Landers – who has never had a licence – was almost double the limit (37 mics/22) when he eventually stopped for police on Helmsdale Place on September 4 last year.

The vehicle he was driving had been involved in a collision at about midnight, although it was agreed somebody else was driving at that time.

Police saw Landers, 37, of Peddie Street, driving the damaged car at around 1.30am.

Landers made his way through Strathmartine Road, Baldovan Road, Harestane Road and eventually Helmsdale Place.

He drove at speed and carelessly negotiated a traffic island as he failed to stop for police, who had activated lights.

At Dundee Sheriff Court, he admitted driving carelessly, while over the limit, without insurance and failing to stop for police.

He had admitted failing to appear in court in connection with the offence at a previous hearing.

Solicitor Ross Bennett said: “I’ve not been able to deduce from the accused why he acted in the manner that he did.

“He gets in the car and takes off.

“His position is he’d been drinking but thought he was within the limit.

“The police did chase him. He tells me he panicked.

“I’m not quite able to get from the accused quite why he did this.”

He will be sentenced on June 16 and has been disqualified.

Torched hotel

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court to admit torching the Lundin Links Hotel in Fife last summer. The teenager, who can not be named due to his young age, pled guilty to culpably and recklessly setting fire to the vacant hotel on August 18.

The blaze ripped through the Lundin Links Hotel

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