Under-age drinker says he’ll cut down on boozing

A 17-year-old youth has vowed to reduce his alcohol intake after being involved in a drunken incident with paramedics who were called to deal with him lying in the street.

Steven Gorman pushed one of them and attempted to punch the other as they went to his aid in Dovemount Place on July 30.

He pleaded guilty to breaching the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow told Selkirk Sheriff Court that Gorman, of Wilson Drive, was “deeply regretful and accepts full responsibility”.

He pointed out that Gorman had been drinking vodka on the night in question

Mr Dow said: “While he is not stopping drinking totally he intends to reduce his alcohol intake.”

But Sheriff Kevin Drummond immediately highlighted Gorman’s age and stated: “So he is only going to break the law from time to time.”

Passing sentence, Sheriff Drummond said: “You are 17 years old and found lying drunk in the street.

“Then you carry out an assault on medical personnel trying to help you. It is a pretty shocking state of affairs.”

Gorman was given a community payback order of 40 hours to be completed over the next 12 months.