Domestic assault teenager handed payback order

A teenager who assaulted his girlfriend after an argument over buying cannabis had a two-year Community Payback Order imposed.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Searle, of Fraser Avenue, admitted grabbing the woman and throwing her to the ground, and shouting abuse at her, at a house in Northcote Street, on February 26.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard Searle had wanted to buy cannabis and became angry when his girlfriend said he couldn’t afford it.

He later told police: “I’m sorry for doing it.”

Solicitor Rory Bannerman, defending, said his client was keen to ensure this did not happen again. “He knows this was nobody’s fault, but his,” explained Mr Bannerman.

Sheriff Donald Corke told Searle: “This was a domestic assault, which is something the courts frown upon.”

n A man who claimed more than £1,700 income support while working was sentenced to 160 hours’ community service.

Forty-one-year-old John Kerr, of Fisher Avenue, admitted claiming £1,507 income support while working on a self-employed basis for Scottish Dykers between January and May 2008. He also admitted claiming a further £214 between June and July 2008.

Sheriff Donald Corke told Kerr the court would not tolerate people defrauding the social security system.

n Breaching a bail curfew by six minutes cost Martin Charlotte an £80 fine.

Charlotte, 29, of Melrose Court, admitted breaching a bail curfew in Melrose Court, on June 3.

Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock told Selkirk Sheriff Court it was Charlotte’s third breach of bail.

The accused claimed to have “lost track of time” and was heading home when seen by police.

He spent three nights in custody following his arrest.

n A man who breached his bail conditions was fined £80.

Stephen Norman, 46, of Wellington Court, admitted breaching his bail in High Street on June 4.