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Monday court round-up — Severe smash and near crash

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

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A dangerous driver has been banned from the road after “severely” injuring his passenger in an Arbroath crash.

Ryan Clinkscale, 26, of Arbroath High Street appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court to admit causing serious injury by driving dangerously on June 24 2021 on Viewfield Road, near the junction with Salisbury Place.

He admitted the drove at excessive speed before colliding with another car, damaging both vehicles and injuring his passenger and the other driver.

Sheriff Mark O’Hanlon disqualified Clinkscale from driving on an interim basis and ordered reports ahead of sentencing in June.

Fife frauds

Fife swindler Donna McCall stole more than £2,200 from her own mother and used a stranger’s details to spend money on fraudulent store cards. She used her mother’s bank details to defraud her of £2,251 through purchases on deal site Groupon and also opened mail addressed to a previous home occupier, using the details to set up credit card accounts in her name.

Donna McCall.

Licence nearly binned

A property boss has been allowed to keep his driving licence following a “risky” overtake in Perth.

Steven Jones mounted a pavement to get out of a queue of traffic, stuck behind a bin lorry on Glover Street.

He overtook the lorry and another car and drove into the path of a pedestrian, who was forced to take evasive action.

Jones, 51, a director of Edinburgh-based firm E3 S Ltd, was originally charged with dangerous driving.

He appeared at Perth Sheriff Court and admitted a reduced charge of careless driving on January 27 last year.

Jones, of North Cassochie House, Methven, needs his licence to travel to his office in the capital, his lawyer said.

He was fined £500 and had six points imposed.

Sheriff Garry Sutherland told him: “There was an element of risk here.

“This brings you up to nine points, so you have to be more careful.”

Met sting

A creep from Kirriemuir caught in a Met police sting trying to arrange the abuse of a six-year-old narrowly avoided prison. Paul Carabine, 46, was told his discount for pleading guilty at the first opportunity was that he would not be jailed.

Paul Carabine appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court.

Whatsapp abuse

A man who told his partner she was a “loser” and “couldn’t manage a day without him” in a series of nasty voicemail messages has been told to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

Blake Priestley, 29, of Cluny Park in Cardenden, admitted sending voicemails which were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character by making derogatory remarks and threatening the woman.

The offending, aggravated by abuse of an ex-partner, took place between June 2021 and June 2022 in Dunfermline’s Nith Street.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard previously the woman received about eight voicemails of an abusive nature from Priestley’s phone and WhatsApp messages of a similar nature.

Defence lawyer Elaine Buist said Priestley became frustrated regarding a family matter.

The solicitor said he accepts there were occasions when he sent “unpleasant” messages but it did not appear to be something that happened daily.

Trial collapses

The man accused of burning down the Hilltown Indoor Market has walked free after the case against him collapsed. Christopher McKenzie-Robertson, 23, of Dundee, had been accused of torching a sofa at the entrance to the market, causing an inferno which engulfed the building and Fit4Less gym next door in September 2018.

Christopher McKenzie-Robertson was found not guilty.

Forfar, armed

A Forfar woman has admitted bringing a bread knife with an eight-inch blade into a town pub.

Helen Simpson, of Yeaman Street in Forfar, had been drinking in the Forfar Arms on the evening of August 11 2021 and had been seen to be in a good mood.

However, fiscal depute Christine Allan told the town’s sheriff court that after an hour and a half, the 59-year-old left the pub.

Simpson returned just after 9pm and showed a witness she had the blade concealed within her sleeve.

Simpson had the knife in the Forfar Arms. Image: Google.

She was arrested 40 minutes later.

As well as weapon possession, Simpson admitted acting abusively towards police who arrested her six weeks later on Forfar’s East High Street for matters no longer before the court .

Sheriff Krista Johnston ordered reports and deferred sentencing until June 29.

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