Ex-Cornet Richardson to stand trial over assault allegations

Ex-Cornet Bruce Richardson
Ex-Cornet Bruce Richardson

THE Millennium Cornet has been accused of assaulting a man and a woman at a house in the town.

Later that day Bruce Richardson is said to have threatened the same woman with violence by brandishing a brush and a pitchfork at her in a menacing manner and feigning to punch her.

The 35-year-old, of Renwick Terrace, pleaded not guilty to a total of five offences when he appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

He is alleged to have assaulted Ian Ronaldson and Lisa Jamieson at a house in Drumlanrig Square on February 7 by punching him on the head and pushing her against a wall as well as behaving in a threatening manner.

Later the same day he is said to have made threats against Ms Jamieson at a stables block at Kinninghall, Cavers, where it is also claimed he placed others in a state of fear and alarm.

Richardson will stand trial on July 7.

n A man who carried offensive weapons because he said 50 people in the town were out to get him has been remanded in custody.

Craig Jeffrey brandished two chair legs at a friend who would not give him money to pay his electricity bill at his home in McLagan Drive on May 28.

Two days later, police visited the 27-year-old again and he was searched and found to be in possession of a knife and a pair of scissors.

Morag McLintock, prosecuting, said: “He told police they were for self protection. He indicated to them there were 50 people in Hawick out to get him.”

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said his client had been in custody for three and a half weeks and that he was simply paranoid about being people after him.

Sheriff Donald Corke said Jeffrey was under some delusion that people were out to get him and as a result was carrying sharp instruments.

He deferred sentence until July 15 for backgrounds but said that in the interests of public safety Jeffrey should remain in custody until then.