Driver who grabbed schoolboy for fooling around fined £300

By Cara Sulieman

AN ANGRY driver assaulted a 12-year-old schoolchild who had been dancing on the road – because he was worried about the safety of other road users.

Frederick Anderson, 56, was driving along Pentland View in the Currie area of Edinburgh last November when he saw the high school pupil fooling around at the side of the road.

The child, who cannot be indentified for legal reasons, was stepping on and off the pavement and dancing around on his way back to school from lunch.

Worried that it could have caused an accident, the builder pulled over and got out of his car to approach the pupil.

But instead of just telling the pupil off, Anderson grabbed him by his clothes before telling him ‘that was a stupid thing to have done’.

A metal chain that the boy was wearing was pushed against his chest in the process and injured him.

Today (Mon) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Anderson pled guilty on the first day of his trial to assaulting the pupil to his injury on November 17 last year. Continue reading

Four teens appear in court after Simon San death

By Michael MacLeod

FOUR teenagers appeared in court today following the death of a delivery driver in Edinburgh.

Simon San, 40, died in hospital after suffering severe head injuries outside his family’s Chinese takeaway on Wednesday night.

A 16 year-old boy and a 15 year old boy were charged with culpable homicide at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The pair were also charged with assault and robbery, as were another 16 year-old and a 14 year-old boy.

They each made no plea or declaration to the charges and bail applications for all four were refused during brief appearances in private before Sheriff Deirdre MacNeill QC.
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Bloody Bat Attack Outside Sheriff Court Lands Man In Dock

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN was hit over the head with a bat outside the front door of one of Scotland’s busiest courts.

Craig Moore, 25, attacked his girlfriend’s brother Michael Martin, 39, who was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court over an ongoing family dispute.

Moore claimed Martin’s family were trying to stop him from seeing his newborn baby daughter.

After leaving Martin bloodied and bruised, Moore himself admitted the assault was “completely callous and premeditated.”

But he was criticised today (WED) for using the court as a venue for violence. Continue reading

Man Arrested Over Late Night Edinburgh Stabbing Horror

By Paul Thornton

DETECTIVES probing the death of a man at an Edinburgh flat had been investigating a series of vandalism attacks on a car outside the same address before the tragedy, it was revealed today (Mon).

Lothian and Borders Police were called previously to probe a spate of tyres being slashed and bodywork being daubed with spray paint and were called again at the flat in Stenhouse Gardens North as recently as Monday.

Today they were instead probing the death of a 47-year-old man – who has not been named – after being called to the scene shortly before 10pm on Wednesday night after reports he had been stabbed.

It was not know if the incidents were related.

Forensic teams, a police command unit and uniformed officers conducted door to door inquiries and hunted for clues as patrol cars blocked off the adjacent streets.

But they confirmed that a 48-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident and was expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow (Fri). Continue reading

Killer Drink Driver Jailed For Six Years

By Paul Thornton

A DRINK driver who killed a pensioner and left him for dead while almost five times the legal limit has been jailed for six years and banned for a decade.

Delivery driver John McManus, 42, crashed into Philip Taylor, 78, after mounting the pavement in his van at lunchtime on December 1 2008 before driving off and leaving him to die in New Stevenston, Lanarkshire.

The Bellshill man was later pulled over by cops who found a quarter bottle of vodka in his trouser pocket.

McManus, a first offender, previously admitted causing the death of Mr Taylor by careless driving on December 1, 2008, while he had 173 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the prescribed limit being 35.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to stop after the accident and failing to report it.

Today (Friday) at the High Court in Livingston he was sentence to 10 years in custody after admitting causing Mr Taylor’s death. Continue reading

Sex criminal blames gay “repression” after grooming kids

By Michael MacLeod

AN old-age pervert who groomed two boys by plying them with alcohol then sexually abusing them has been jailed for eight months.

Joseph Johnstone, 67, claimed that growing up in a time when homosexuality was frowned upon skewed his understanding of normal behaviour.

He snared two 15 year-old boys by inviting them into his home for tea and biscuits in May last year.
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Ex-sheriff, 91, says he loves “a bit of fisticuffs” after attack

By Michael MacLeod

A RETIRED sheriff was taken prisoner in his own home while he was robbed of his precious wartime medals.

Thug Michael MacKinnon burst into 91 year-old William Hook’s Edinburgh townhouse and covered the ex-sheriff’s head with a cloth.

But Hook fought back and gave the intruder a black eye, forcing him out his back door where he got stuck in a river and arrested by police.

Speaking of his ordeal sheriff Hook said: “The chap didn’t scare me in the slightest – in fact I like a bit of fisticuffs.”

MacKinnon, 26, came face to face with a different sheriff in court yesterday and pled guilty to assault and robbery charges.
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