Car theft bid man handed 280 hours of unpaid work

Jedburgh Sheriff Court.
Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

A drunken man broke a car window and tried to steal the vehicle. Craig Robson 22, of Wellfield Road, was caught by police after fleeing the scene.

He admitted breaking a car window, removing the cowling on the steering column, and attempting to steal the vehicle, in Havelock Street, on December 21.

Prosecutor Tessa Bradley told how the car owner had left his vehicle parked and secure outside his home, when he heard the car alarm going off at around 1.30am.

He went outside and found the vehicle’s hazard lights flashing, with the accused sitting in the driver’s seat. The car owner asked Robson what he was doing and the accused replied: “Who the f**k are you?”

Police were contacted and arrived at the scene to see Robson running off. He was carrying something orange, and officers chased him and caught him. “The orange item was found to be a chisel,” said Ms Bradley.

Defence solicitor Hannah Short said her client had been “under the influence of alcohol and Valium” at the time. “Much of his offending is due to drugs, but he has been on a detox since his release from prison in January, and has found that very positive,” explained Ms Short. “He is full of remorse,” she added.

Robson also admitted assaulting his pregnant partner in Silverbuthall Road, on April 21 last year.

He was sentenced to a Community Payback Order with 280 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within one year.

Sheriff Peter Paterson warned him: “Be under no illusion that if you do not continue to refrain from alcohol and drugs, and there is further offending, then custody is a realistic alternative.”