Sex offender put behind bars for 12 months

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court
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A prisoner who breached the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order has received another jail sentence.

Ewan Peddie, 37, pleaded guilty to not having previously notified the Police Scotland Chief Constable of four visits by an 11-year-old boy to his home in Croft Road between March 12 and 14.

Prosecutor Claire Bottomley told Jedburgh Sheriff Court the child was spotted leaving the house at 8.50am by witnesses who were checking up on him.

She added Peddie had gifted him an iPod and speakers.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said Peddie’s mother was with him in the house and that the child’s mother also knew about the visits.

But he accepted that his client had not previously notified the Chief Constable of the visits.

The court was told that Peddie was jailed for five years at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month for a similar offence.

The 12-month sentence is to run concurrently with the five-year prison term.

n A pensioner who was found to be more than double the legal alcohol limit has been banned from the road for 13 months and fined £300.

First offender John McKenzie, 67, of Loan, pleaded guilty to the offence which happened in Boonraw Road on March 29.

Depute fiscal Claire Bottomley said: ”It was 4pm on a Friday when police received an anonymous telephone call about a suspected drink-driver leaving Wetherspoon’s in Hawick. The vehicle was traced at 4.10pm and found to be driven by the accused. At 4.30pm he failed a roadside breath test and was taken to the police station.”

The lower reading at the station was 79 microgrammes of alcohol – the legal limit being 35.

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said his client was 67 years of age and had no previous record. He added: “He looks upon this as a blemish on a good life and is ashamed at what occurred.”

Sheriff Kevin Drummond said:”It is a matter of public safety.”

He recommended McKenzie for the drink-driver’s rehabilitation course which would mean a 25 per cent discount on the length of ban if completed at his own expense.