South Scotland

Man jailed for Eyemouth funeral parlour raid

Image caption Dougal admitted breaking into the Borders funeral parlour in October last year

A drug addict has been jailed after breaking into a funeral parlour in the Scottish Borders and stealing a safe in order to fund his habit.

Lee Dougal, 33, of Marine Square, Eyemouth, was spotted by people living nearby after they heard him dragging a black box along the ground.

Police found him rummaging through the safe's contents.

He admitted the break-in and theft in October last year and was jailed for a total of 10 months.

Duns Sheriff Court heard that he told police officers he had "found" the safe.

However, he was searched and found to be in possession of £450 in cash and a bracelet.

Prosecutor Kate McGarvey said it was soon established that the David Martin Funeral Directors in Coldingham Road, Eyemouth, had been broken into and the safe removed.

Drug problem

She added a member of staff verified the contents of the safe and it was established Dougal had gained access by smashing a gable end window of the funeral home with shards of glass discovered on the floor.

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick said Dougal had a long-standing drug problem adding: "He did this out of desperation.

"He had no carpet or furniture in his house. Every penny was being spent on drugs."

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre told him: "To break into a funeral home is outrageous."

Dougal also admitted a charge of possession of heroin in December last year.

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