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Canonbie traffic light car thief Liam McMeechan sentenced

A teenager who stole a woman's car while she was stopped at traffic lights in a Dumfries and Galloway village has been sentenced to 41 months detention.

Liam McMeechan, 19, of Ransome Gardens, Edinburgh, admitted committing the offence in Canonbie in October 2011.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross said it must have been a "terrifying experience" for 67-year-old driver Wendy Cuerda-Rodriguez.

The court heard she was injured in the incident and had been left afraid to travel on her own.

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