Bainsford vandal escapes arrest warrant after he failed to appear at court

Paul Brownlee made a mistake when he destroyed property – including repeatedly striking a door and several windows – at a property in Dollar Gardens, Falkirk.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 10:18 am

Brownlee (44), who previously admitted the vandalism offence he committed on November 28 last year, also almost made another mistake when he failed to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday despite being given a favourable progress report.

He also pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon – a metal bar – in public on the same date.

Explaining his client’s absence to the court, defence solicitor Murray Aitken said: “It’s something of a surprise given the good report.”

Brownlee failed to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday

Instead of issuing an arrest warrant for his non-appearance , Sheriff Derek Livingston deferred sentence on Brownlee, 87 Gairdoch Street, Bainsford for three months to July 29.

Sheriff Livingston, who added Brownlee must be of good behaviour during those three months, said: “That’s preferable to a warrant.”