Bit late this week
with the Sheriff of Duns. Sheriff Kevin must be on well earned hols and a new figure-Sheriff JP Scott has been presiding. Welcome to the rant Sheriff Scott. He had some challenging cases this week including a 105mph driver who claimed that as he had the wrong type of tyres his speedometer gave a misleading reading and he thought he was tootling along at a more modest granny speed. The Defence claimed that these tyres (high profile) could give a reading as much as 14% inaccurate. Own goal roared the bench: 105mph less 14% reduced his speed to 91mph and that was pretty nifty on a 60mph limit road. Scott seemed inclined to leniency however-a months ban and £400. All other cases were drink related driving offences except for a drink related assault on her husband by a woman after the couple had ‘been drinking most of the day’ The Sheriff seemed to accept that it was not entirely the lady’s fault and the man had a previous or two. Deferred for ‘social enquiry’.
AS the weather warms up perhaps we can expect less mundane crime otherwise the Sheriff may lose his weekly column altogether in favour of longer reports on bowling.