South Scotland

David Baillie cleared of Kirkconnel war memorial vandalism

A 22-year-old man has been cleared of defacing a war memorial on the eve of an Armistice Day parade.

A jury returned a majority verdict of not proven on David Baillie, of Sandyknowe Crescent, Kelloholm.

He had denied painting graffiti on the memorial in November 2011.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, he was found guilty of behaving in an abusive manner towards police officers two months before that and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid community work.

He was also found guilty of running away from police on the eve of the Armistice Day service and sending threatening messages from prison to a man he knew would be a witness against him.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross said he took into account that Baillie had been remanded in custody for almost four months and made him the subject of a community payback order with a condition he undertake the unpaid work.

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