Good evening – here are the stories that caught the attention of our reporters today, including what might be the north-east’s worst drink driver.
Racist attacker in court
A racist thug who brandished a knife at a man and shouted the ‘n-word’ at him says he would never have carried out such an assault had he been sober.
Steven Smith brandished a knife at the man on Union Street on November 14 last year before pursuing him into a convenience store where he punched him in the face.
He also used the racist slur on multiple occasions during the assault.
Attacker caught after social media posting
A man who head-butted his girlfriend and forgot about it only learned of his horrifying assault when she posted pictures of her injuries on social media.
Michael Hannah, 39, appeared in the dock and admitted violently attacking his partner on Union Grove, Aberdeen, following a drunken argument on July 10 this year.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how Hannah handed himself in to police after discovering his then-partner had published pictures on social media.
Animal cruelty charges
Two people have appeared in court accused of keeping more than 35 animals – including dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and birds – in an Aberdeen flat.
John and Victoria Symon are alleged to have committed a string of animal welfare offences at their home on Seaton Gardens.
It’s alleged they caused unnecessary suffering to 16 cats and nine kittens, seven guinea pigs, a lurcher named Pepper, a Labradoodle named Jade and a Yorkie named Bono.
It is further alleged that they kept an excessive number of animals – including rabbits, chinchillas, birds and a hamster – inside the property and that they failed to protect them from “psychological distress”.
Guitar collector assaulted girlfriend
A guitar collector chased and assaulted his girlfriend in the street after learning she’d pawned one of his precious instruments.
Peter Main flew into a rage when he realised his on-off partner of two years had sold one of his nine guitars for just £60.
And when the 50-year-old spotted her on Hayton Road he charged towards her and chased her as she tried to flee.
30-year ban for serial drink driver
A serial drink driver has been handed a 30-year ban along after he was caught behind the wheel while more than three times the limit.
Vladimirs Rudoks – who has been disqualified on five previous occasions and will be 86 when the latest ban runs out – was also jailed for eight months after the sheriff said there was “no alternative” given his appalling record.
The 56-year-old construction worker has previously been disqualified in 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2020.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that when Rudoks was stopped by police outside Tesco in Inverurie on September 24 this year he gave a breathalyser reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 22.
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