Attacker punched man on crutches

Assaulting a man on crutches led to Callum Jeffrey being sentenced to 120 hours’ community service as a direct alternative to imprisonment.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday, Jeffrey, 24, of Mansfield Crescent, admitted assaulting a man to his injury in Sandbed on April 7.

The assault happened about 10pm when Jeffrey came across the man, with whom his friend had previously had a disagreement.

“The accused decided to intervene and approached the complainer, who was on crutches, and punched him, causing him to fall to the ground,” explained procurator fiscal Morag McLintock,

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman described his client as “a changed man” since the offence.

“He was a very stupid and carefree young man, who was drinking to excess every day,” said Mr Bannerman.

“He has since sobered up and taken on the responsibilities of life,” he added.

Sheriff Donald Corke told Jeffrey: “I am sure that you have worked out that assaulting someone on crutches is not the sort of thing the courts can tolerate, and is the sort of thing which can lead to a prison sentence.”

n A shoplifter who stole to feed a drug habit was placed on probation for 12 months.

Lee Wightman, 26, of Cheviot Road, admitted stealing electrical goods, DVDs, and other items from Morrisons’ Mart Street store on April 15. There was full recovery of the stolen goods, worth £73.39.

Wightman had been seen acting suspiciously and was found with the goods hidden under his jacket and sleeves.

He told police: “It’s a misunderstanding and I was going to pay for them.”

Wightman also admitted stealing a feminine hygiene product, worth £1.88, from Semi-Chem on October 28.

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said his client had been taking drugs in April, having previously progressed well on a DDTO [Drug Treatment and Testing Order].

“He slid back to drug misuse and was stealing to feed his habit,” explained Mr Bannerman.