Hawick man’s ‘mean theft’

Jedburgh Sheriff Court.
Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

A man stole money his mother was saving for her daughter’s wedding.

Michael Hill, of Loan, admitted stealing £100 in Howdenbank between January 26 and 29.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told Jedburgh Sheriff Court that the offence was “a very mean theft.

“His mother was collecting money for her daughter’s wedding and keeping it in a coffee jar upstairs,” he explained.

“It transpired he had come into the house and took the money from the jar.”

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman said his client had apologised to his mother, but had not repaid the money.

“He was struggling at the time and succumbed to temptation,” said Mr Bannerman, “breaching the trust of his family.”

The 26-year-old forestry worker was fined £200, and ordered to pay £100 compensation.

n A man has appeared in private, charged with the theft of a vehicle from Lindean. Twenty-seven-year-old Stuart McCutcheon made no plea or declaration when he appeared on petition. The case was continued, and McCutcheon remanded in custody meantime.