Charge against accused is not proven

A man accused of knocking another unconscious with a punch to the head has walked free after a trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Andrew Seymour, 52, of Northcote Street, denied assaulting a man in the Conservative Club on July 11 last year, claiming he was acting in self-defence.

During the trial the alleged victim, who is a gas engineer, said he had told Seymour to mind his own business after being asked whether he had completed a job. He told the court the next thing he remembered was waking up in an ambulance 15 minutes later.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond found the charge against Seymour not proven.

A teenager failed to tell police the identity of the driver of a car which crashed near a children’s play park.

Liam Culley, 19, pleaded guilty to the offence which happened in Burnhead Road during the early hours of September 27.

The court heard four people were seen walking away from the vehicle at around quarter past five.

Police caught up with Culley who explained he had got into the car with older males, but would not name the driver as he did not want to get him into trouble. Culley was fined £225 and had six penalty points placed on his driving licence.