Grangemouth man jailed following assaults

Sheriff Caldwell jailed the 38-year-old

Sheriff Caldwell jailed the 38-year-old

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David Hiddleston assaulted two men on the same day – but given the chance to stay out of prison for the attacks carried out nearly a year ago.

However, his failure to 
co-operate with the court and stop offending has finally cost him his freedom.

The 38-year-old was jailed for a total of seven months when he appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court from custody last Thursday.

Hiddleston had been remanded last month for social workers to prepare background reports after he had admitted a shoplifting charge.

When he appeared then he had admitted stealing a bottle of alcohol from the Castleton Mini Market in Castleton Crescent, Grangemouth, on August 21 while on bail.

The court also heard Hiddleston, from 17 Cultenhove Crescent, Grangemouth, was already the subject of a community payback order imposed for assaulting two men in separate incidents in Craigleath Road and Cultenhove Crescent, both Grangemouth, on November 18 last year.

Defence lawyer Kevin Douglas told the court: “There was an altercation. It was one of those situations where drink was the problem.

“His period on remand has cleared his head and he is now trying to address his issues and help himself.

“The remand has also been positive because it has led to him being able to get back in contact with his family who are offering their support.”

During the first incident in a house in Craigleath Road nearly a year ago, Hiddleston bit a man.

His next victim was a next door neighbour who he spat on.

Sheriff Craig Caldwell backdated the sentences to the date of his arrest on October 12. He told Hiddleston: “You were offered a community-based disposal for assault, but there has been no compliance so that order is revoked and replaced with a custodial sentence of four months with a further three months for shoplifting.”