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Friday court round-up — Drunk restaurant boss and losing the plot

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

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A drunken restaurant boss fought with police after he was caught snoozing in an A90 lay-by.

Elliot McLeod was nearly three times the drink-drive limit when he clashed with officers near Kinfauns in the early hours of May 1.

Perth Sheriff Court heard another motorist called 999 to raise concerns about the 28-year-old’s driving.

At around 5am, police arrived and spotted his Audi A4.

Fiscal depute Melissa Phillips said: “The accused was asleep with the engine running.

“Officers noticed a smell of alcohol.”

McLeod failed a roadside breath test.

McLeod was found off the A90 near Kinfauns. Image: Steve MacDougall/DCT Media.

“The accused was arrested,” said Ms Phillips.

“Police placed hands on him and he tried to break free.

“He tensed up and tried to get his arms free when officers tried to apply handcuffs.”

McLeod, of Swallow Road, Clydebank, admitted drink-driving and struggling with officers.

Representing himself in the dock, he said: “I made a mistake. I drove a short distance, but then realised I couldn’t drive.

“I just want to make it clear I made a mistake and I’m sorry for that.”

McLeod was banned from driving for a year and fined £600.

Domestic thug

A Dundee thug told police he would give firearms officers “a reason to shoot” after he threatened to slit a child’s throat in Dundee. Danny Boyle, 31, admitted committing abhorrent domestically aggravated crimes and will be sentenced next month.

Danny Boyle terrified his ex-partner. Image: Facebook.

‘Lost the plot’

A man kicked on the ground by his attacker needed surgery for a broken collarbone.

Ballingry man Ian Aird “lost the plot” as he launched his savage attack following an argument in the street.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard the complainer had initially shouted at Aird in a case o mistaken identity and then swung at him as their conversation became “heated”.

Fiscal depute Joanne Ritchie said: “The accused then reacted to this by seizing the complainer by the body and pulling him across the road and throwing him down onto the pavement.

“As the complainer was still on the ground, he accused stood over him and punched him with both hands to the face and body.

“He thereafter kicked the complainer whilst he was lying on the pavement.

“He continued to punch and kick him.”

The complainer was repeatedly shouting “stop”.

Ian Aird.

Solicitor David McLaughlin, defending, said his client had been drinking and “noticed the complainer hanging about his grandmother’s house.

“He was walking home and for whatever reason the complainer has taken offence at Mr Aird and has tried to throw a punch at him.”

He added Aird had “lost the plot”, saying: “He appreciates his reaction was grossly excessive.”

Aird, 23, of Navitie Park, admitted assault to severe injury on the town’s Ballingry Crescent on March 4 last year.

Sentence was deferred for reports.

Santa sinner

A Fife pervert who told a “12-year-old girl” he wanted to dress as Santa and sit her on his lap was exposed in a Christmas Eve sting by paedophile hunters. Neil Rawlinson, 68, believed he was speaking to a pre-teen but was actually speaking to an adult from the group Forbidden Scotland.

Neil Rawlinson. Image: Facebook/ Forbidden Scotland.

Drink-drove twice in three weeks

An Oakley man was found to be five times the legal drink drive limit just days after committing a similar offence.

Billy Anderson, 34, was reported for the first incident by a suspicious member of the public, who spotted him in the Asda car park on Dunfermline’s Halbeath Road.

He was caught for the second offence at McDonald’s at Fife Retail Park.

His solicitor said he was abusing alcohol as a result of personal problems at the time.

Anderson, of Sir George Bruce Road, Oakley, admitted driving with excess alcohol (89mics/ 22) on April 6 and again on April 27 (112 mics/ 22).

In total he was banned for four years, ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and fined £300.

Four from family cleared

Four members of a Fife family have been cleared of assaulting two other women at a New Year party. A jury took just 30 minutes to acquit three of the women at the end of a four-day trial. The other had already been formally found not guilty.

(l-r) Jennifer Kelly, Yazmin Cunniffe, Rachel Kelly, Wilma Cunniffe have all been cleared.

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