Break-in bid man has his liberty restricted

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A man who tried to break into a house in the town, has had his liberty restricted.

Lee Smith, 35, of Mansfield Gardens, appeared on indictment at Jedburgh Sheriff Court and admitted attempting to break into Howlands House, Roadhead, on February 15, with intent to steal.

“He was seen outside the premises at about 2pm,” explained procurator fiscal Graham Fraser, “and the house had been secured at 10am.

“He was seen in the
vicinity, trying to force entry.

“He was disturbed and said he was only looking
for Andrew,” added Mr Fraser.

Solicitor Rory Bannerman, defending, said his client had been “trying to steal something back from a person who had assaulted him previously”.

Smith was sentenced to an eight-month restriction of liberty order, to remain at his home between 9pm and 7 am each day.

He was also ordered to carry out 70 hours of unpaid work.

Sheriff Peter Paterson warned him the sentence was a direct alternative to imprisonment.

“If you breach it, or fail to carry out the work, you will end up in jail,” he told Smith.