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Annan and Eskdale
Wedding eve woe

A COURT has heard how family, friends and neighbours travelled to Gretna for the wedding of a couple who had been in a relationship for around 15 years.

But ‘calamity’ struck just hours before the ceremony was due to take place with groom Lee Dick being arrested after falling out with his fiancée.

On Monday, the sheriff at Dumfries was told that after a few pre-wedding drinks on the eve of their big day, the couple started arguing and the tempo increased when she went off to their room and locked the door at the Gables Hotel.

When he found it locked, he started kicking the door shouting to be let in and once in he became aggressive and threw a suitcase across the room which hit a glass vase and damaged the TV.

Fiscal depute Marion Hogg said: “Dick then went to reception and before going off to his car and leaving, told them he had been stupid and had trashed the room.”

Staff phoned the police and when they arrived they found Dick in the car park beside the car and he admitted that he had been the driver and he was breathalysed.

In the dock, Dick, of Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards his partner on Saturday, recklessly causing damage at the hotel and driving with almost double the permitted drink level in his breath.

Solicitor Liz Dougan said Dick was thoroughly ashamed of himself for his actions on what would have been his and his fiancee’s wedding day.

She said: “Alcohol and the whole occasion got too much for him.”

Sheriff Robert Weir fined Dick £550, ordered him to pay compensation of £200 and banned him from driving for 12 months.

The Sheriff said: “It was a calamitous ending to your wedding day, but perhaps a reconciliation is on the way.”