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Friday court round-up — Vape violence and Taser trouble

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

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A drunk woman who attacked two police officers after being ejected from Utopia nightclub in Montrose will be supervised.

At Forfar Sheriff Court, Chloe McFarlane admitted assaulting the two constables at 1.40am on June 19 last year.

The court heard the officers saw her sitting on the ground outside and she turned hostile when they approached.

McFarlane, of North Street, Montrose, seized one officer by his stab vest and pushed him, then repeatedly struck the other.

The 31-year-old has a previous conviction for offending towards police.

Sheriff Krista Johnston imposed a year-long supervision order.

Who put the poo through?

A Broughty Ferry neighbour dispute over chihuahua dog poo escalated after a Struan Bradbury slapped a teenager on the back, before racially abusing her grandfather. He had caught the youngster putting his own dog’s poo through his letterbox – something he had also been accused of.

Struan Bradbury. Image: Facebook.

Taser trouble

Lewis Conroy, 25, went out in Dundee armed with a taser.

He was spotted carrying the firearm by nightclub door staff, who alerted police after they heard the device twice being activated.

At Perth Sheriff Court, he admitted having the weapon in Ward Road in the early hours of June 2 last year.

Fiscal depute Gavin Letford said doormen on duty outside a Rattray Street nightspot reported the matter at about 12.30am and “multiple” police units were scrambled.

Conroy was traced and searched but he had nothing on him.

At about 1.40am, police found the device on Johnston Street.

CCTV was reviewed and showed Conroy carrying it.

Conroy had a taser device.

Conroy, listed as a prisoner in Perth, pled guilty to a second charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in Bobby Jones Place, St Andrews, on October 30.

He banged on doors, shouted at a resident and was later seen carrying a knife.

A lawyer for Conroy told the court her client suffered PTSD after he was the victim of a stabbing.

Sheriff David Hall deferred sentence for background reports until June 14. Conroy was remanded in custody.

Post Office pong

A drug dealer who once bragged to customers he was a “one stop cannabis shop” was caught after his illicit packages were intercepted by Post Office staff in Perthshire. Employees at the Bridge of Earn Co-op raised the alarm when they detected a suspicious smell coming from parcels linked to local man Steven Lorimer.

Steven Lorimer appeared at Perth Sheriff Court

Kicked ‘up and down high street’ threat

A Dunfermline woman has been fined £360 for robbing another of £60 outside the city’s High Street Santander bank.

Sarah Williams, 26, admitted the November 18 2021 robbery at Dunfermline Sheriff Court for sentencing.

Procurator fiscal depute Amy Robertson said Williams, of Broomhead Drive, approached the woman as she left the branch and demanded money from her, threatening to kick her “up and down the high street” if she refused.

The woman said she had £60 in her bag and Williams told her it would “have to do” and took it.

The incident was captured on CCTV and following her arrest, Williams told police her victim was due her money.

Defence lawyer Alan Davie said Williams and the complainer had been friends and she borrowed money from Williams “some time before” but admitted how she went about getting it back was inappropriate.

He said his client is no longer using heroin.

The lawyer said: “As robberies go, it’s at the lower end of the scale”.

Funeral fraudster TV documentary

A documentary exploring the crimes of notorious Fife funeral fraudster Barry Stevenson-Hamilton will air on Quest Red at 10pm on Saturday. The Big Swindle focuses on the former company director, who sold 40 phoney funeral plans to unsuspecting Fifers, netting him more than £130,000 in ill-gotten gains.

Vape violence

An Angus 17-year-old who stamped on a boy after an argument over a vape has been referred to the children’s panel.

The teenager only 16 when he punched the 14-year-old to the ground on Burnside Drive on August 26 last year.

He then repeatedly kicked him on the head and stamped on his body.

At Forfar Sheriff Court, fiscal depute Sam Craib said the victim had previously made accusations against the offender in relation to a stolen vape.

The boy sent his victim a Snapchat message warning he would “sparkle him” if he kept trying to work out his home address.

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The row around vapes descended into violence.

They later came across each other on Burnside Road and the attack was caught on camera as witnesses were heard shouting for the accused to stop.

The boy attended the town’s minor injuries unit with “extreme swelling” on his nose, although it was not broken.

The attacker, too young to be named publicly, admitted assault.

Sheriff Krista Johnston remitted the case to the children’s panel and said: “The account that I’ve heard discloses some very significant violence and the results could have been even worse than they were.

“Please be in no doubt, as time goes on, you will reach an age when the court will not treat you in such a lenient fashion.”

Fire trial continues

The lead investigator into the fire which razed to the ground the popular Hilltown Indoor Market said he saw nothing to suggest it could have started accidentally. Christopher McKenzie-Robertson, 23, is on trial accused of setting a sofa ablaze at the site, with the fire taking hold of the market and Fit4Less gym next door on September 12 2018.

The fire engulfed Hilltown Indoor Market and the Fit4Less gym. Image DC Thomson.

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