Reckless damage man was feeling ‘depressed’

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A MAN who broke three panes of glass in a common stairway claimed to have little recollection of the offence.

Craig Jeffrey, 29, of McLagan Drive, admitted reckless damage in Mansfield Crescent on June 26.

“The accused wasn’t sure why he did it as things were foggy in his memory,” explained depute fiscal Kate McGarvey. “He said he had not been drinking or taking drugs, but was feeling depressed.”

On June 27, Jeffrey admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and struggling with police in McLagan Drive and at Galashiels Police Station. “He said he would kill and bomb the police,” said procurator fiscal Graham Fraser.

On September 10, Jeffrey admitted shouting and swearing and throwing items in Duke Street. He was angry he hadn’t got his dole money, said Mr Fraser.

Jeffrey was sentenced to an 18-month Community Payback Order, with a condition he completes 300 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £100 for the damage he caused.

He was also fined £75 after failing to appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on September 21 last year.