Mill intruder handed payback order

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A man was found in a local mill in circumstances that he inferred he intended to commit theft.

Christopher Scott, 31, of Orchard Terrace, pleaded guilty to the offence which happened at Johnstons of Elgin on March 17.

Graham Fraser, prosecuting, told Jedburgh Sheriff Court how a witness was locking his premises at 10p.m. and saw a man wearing a camouflage jacket and carrying a dark coloured rucksack trying to get into the mill.

A mill worker came across Scott in the workshop area carrying a cashmere garment trying to get out an emergency fire door. Mr Fraser said:”His speech was slurred and eyes glazed, he was clearly under the influence of something.”

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said:”He does not remember much about the occasion but when confronted about it he admitted he musthave done it.”

Sheriff Kevin Drummond told Scott:”It is clear from the social enquiry report and your previous convictions that drugs has played a substantial part in your life so far as you are still finding featuring in your behaviour.”

He imposed a nine-month community pay back order involving 110 hours unpaid work.