Sentence is deferred on man reported over noise complaint

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

AFTER falling into a drunken sleep, Barry Gibson awoke to find police in his house trying to remove his television.

Officers had attended at his St Mary’s Place home in the early hours of the morning after complaints of noise from the property.

The 48-year-old first offender admitted standing in the way of police officers trying to seize a television set, and trying to grab paper work and tear it up, on July 2.

He also admitted giving police a false name and date of birth with intent to pervert the course of justice.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told Jedburgh Sheriff Court how police attended at the house at 4.30am.

“He was sound asleep, and seemed rather surprised to see them, although his alcohol consumption did not help his understanding,” explained Mr Fraser.

“He tried to seize hold of paperwork and stood in their way to avoid them taking the TV.”

Solicitor Mat Patrick, defending, said the recent loss of his job had “impacted massively” on Gibson.

“He was extremely stressed and resorted to drinking too much, and this incident stemmed from that,” explained Mr Patrick.

“He was asleep and woke up surrounded by police trying to take his TV away,” he added.

“He then gave them slightly incorrect details.”

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre deferred sentence for six months, until March 21, for Gibson to be of good behaviour.