May 17 2012 Blairgowrie Adv
A SHERIFF has carried out a threat made two years ago to lock up a serial offender after he failed to curb his alcohol-fuelled offending.
Blairgowrie man Ewan Grant (21) of Brown Street, was given six months’ detention following drink-inspired crimes in his home town which saw him jump on cars and smash windscreens.
Grant carried out the offences, which caused nearly £1000 of damage to parked vehicles in Ericht Lane, on April 11 this year after downing vodka.
One of the cars was on hire, while another had just been parked up for 10 minutes before being targeted.
Perth Sheriff Court was told that Grant was seen by a member of the public jumping on the vehicles and then climbing on a third vehicle and jump on it.
Police were called and Grant was traced, and told them: “I’ve just smashed three cars.”
At Perth Sheriff Court on Tuesday Sheriff Robert McCreadie totted up the costs of the damage Grant had inflicted, saying this amounted to £975.
This was made up of replacing broken windscreens, the insurance excesses the customers had, repairs to a scratched bonnet and the likely increase in insurance premiums because of their claims. At this point Sheriff McCreadie said: “Insurance premiums have been increasing in the past few years because of wanton damage like that caused by people like you.”
And he said communities affected by crimes such as this looked to courts for retribution.
David Holmes, for Grant, said the father of one had been out of trouble for a period and asked the court to give him credit for this. He said that as an alternative to custody Grant could be monitored.
This was rejected by the sheriff who said Grant had effectively been monitored by the court for the past two years with successive periods of probation.
And he pointed out that nearly two years ago he’d warned him that he faced jail if he offended again.
Addressing the solicitor and Grant, he told them: “Mr Grant can expect no sympathy from me. He knows what he had to do and he has not done it.
“He said he has no recollection of this offence but he knew enough when he spoke to the police. I don’t believe he cannot recall it.
“Two years ago he knew he had the potential for getting into further trouble and he has committed this offence.
“Does he remember my warning? I suspect not. By taking just a mouthful of alcohol he goes the wrong way.
“It’s clear that drinking is key to his offending.”
The sheriff looked over his file on Grant, which he said may have been incomplete, reading out his previous court appearances for including for assault.
Mr Holmes said that if Grant was jailed he could miss key points of his young child’s upbringing, but the sheriff said: “People need to accept the consequences of their own behaviour.”
Grant, who admitted three charges of wilfully or recklessly damaging the front windscreens of three vehicles and scratching the bonnet of one of them, was sent to custody for six months, in cumulo for the charges, backdated to last month.
He was also ordered to pay compensation totalling £975.
Two further charges to jumping on another car and breaking an outer window pane at Blairgowrie police office were accepted as not guilty.