Fife man committed breach of the peace at celebration

A Fife man who admitted driving while disqualified and committing a breach of the peace has had his sentence deferred until the end of the month.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 4:36 pm

Lewis McKinstrey, of Braehead Gardens, Buckhaven appeared before Sheriff James Williamson at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

McKinstrey, 28, admitted on February 11, 2021 on Main Street, Methilhill he drove a motor van while disqualified. He also admitted driving a motor van without insurance on the same date and in the same place.

On February 28, 2021 at an address in Burns Avenue, Buckhaven, he admitted behaving in a threatening manner by shouting, swearing, punching and kicking a door.

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McKinstrey appeared before Sheriff James Williamson at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court the accused and others were at a 16th birthday celebration on February 28: “It started off well but as the evening progressed the accused became increasingly intoxicated and he and his partner fell out. His behaviour was starting to get on everyone’s nerves.”

She said the accused eventually left the property to get some fresh air and the door was locked to prevent him from getting back in.

"He began shouting, punching and kicking the door to try and get back in.” Police were contacted.

On the other charge his defence lawyer told the court his client was in the process of moving house and needed to get keys. After unsuccessfully trying to get someone to drive him, he made the decision to drive the van himself when he was disqualified.

Sheriff Williamson deferred sentence to obtain a letter confirming McKinstrey’s employment. Bail was granted on the special condition he do not approach his partner and not enter an address in Burns Avenue, Buckhaven.

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