Teen admits recklessly turning on gas

A teenager slammed the kitchen door and turned on the gas cooker, telling police “F*****g watch this.”

As officers, confronted by a strong smell of gas, went to turn off the cooker and arrest the accused, Gary Stewart struggled violently to avoid being handcuffed and spat.

Ninenteen-year-old Stewart, of Commercial Road, appeared from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court and admitted culpably and recklessly turning on gas at his home at the weekend. He also admitted struggling with police and assaulting two officers.

Police had already given Stewart two warnings after being called to his home regarding antisocial behaviour.

“They noted he was under the influence of alcohol and was told to turn the music down,” explained procurator fiscal Morag McLintock. “He went into the kitchen and lit the ring on the gas cooker to light a cigarette,” continued the fiscal.

Stewart told police he “had previous for making bombs” and then told one officer he would “f*****g kill him and would fight him and get him off duty”.

The accused slammed the kitchen door, leaving the police in the lobby, shouting “F*****g watch this” before turning the gas on again.

“Police had serious concerns as there is a hairdressing salon beneath the property with highly flammable substances, and any further action could have been disastrous,” added Ms McLintock.

Stewart’s solicitor said his client felt he was being “harassed” by police, who “regularly stopped him.

“He had taken some alcohol, but would not describe himself as drunk,” added the solicitor.”

Sheriff Kevin Drummond remanded Stewart in custody for reports, until September 5, telling him: “I don’t know what has to be done for you to engage in civilised behaviour.

“Spitting on the police and telling them you will get them off duty will not be tolerated,” he warned.

n A drunken man staggered into a shop and filled his pockets with more than £70 worth of cosmetics.

Andrew McFarlane, 46, of Cheviot Road, appeared from custody and admitted stealing cosmetics from Superdrug on August 12.

The court heard how he “staggered into the shop at about 5pm and filled his pockets with branded make-up, before leaving the store.”

Police caught up with him in Bourtree Place, but none of the stolen property was found.

“He has not been able to shed any light on what happened to the goods, as he was very drunk,” explained solicitor Matt Patrick.

Sentence was deferred until September 23 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, with McFarlane released on a 6pm to 6am curfew.