Man who had taken street Valium is jailed after turning up at strangers’ homes looking for anti-freeze

A Paisley drug abuser who turned up at strangers’ uninvited homes has been jailed.

William Moran called at a woman’s home in the town and then went to her back door when she told him to leave.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard the accused was found inside another Paisley address by the man who lives there and claimed to be looking for “anti-freeze” for his car.

The 49-year-old appeared before Sheriff Bruce Erroch, QC, on Wednesday.

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He admitted being found within the curtilage of the woman’s property on Spencer Drive on June 21 last year.

Kirsten Brierley, prosecuting, told how the female victim was in her home when she became aware of the accused outside the property in broad daylight.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute said: “The witness heard her front doorbell ring and this startled her as she was not expecting anyone.”

She looked out during the incident at around 2.55pm and “observed the accused standing outside with an empty plastic bottle and a football”.

The frightened woman signaled at the accused to leave from the window, she watched the accused leave and checked her front door was locked but around ten minutes later she heard her back door bell, which the court heard made the woman “frightened” as she knew the door was unlocked.

She went to the kitchen to check and saw the accused “standing on the top step”.

Moran asked the woman “Where is your man, is your man home?” , before she told him she “didn’t have a man”.

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The accused, who appeared from custody, then handed her his empty plastic bottle and said “juice”, before the frightened woman hastily filled it with water, handed it back and shut the door.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard the woman later called her son and contacted the police.

But Moran was discovered by another householder shortly after in nearby Traquair Avenue, after the man had been cooking in his kitchen.

He had left the back door open to avoid setting off smoke detectors in the property when he saw Moran “standing with one foot in his kitchen and the other foot on the step outside the door” at around 3.10pm.

The man asked the intruder what he was doing, only to be asked: “Do you have any anti-freeze? My car has broken down up the Braes”.

He was ordered to leave the man’s kitchen and the police were called in.

Moran, formerly of Glenallan Way in Paisley, admitted being found in the curtilage of the house on Spencer Drive without lawful authority, so it could reasonably be concluded that he intended to commit theft.

The accused also admitted the same charge at the address in Traquair Avenue, on the same date and also whilst on bail.

He was on bail from sheriff courts in Glasgow and Paisley at the time.

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Moran denied a charge of stealing cigarettes from a house in Glendower Way on the same date. His plea of ​​not guilty was accepted by the Crown.

Gemma Elder, defending, said that her client was under the influence of “street Valium” at the time.

Street Valium: Moran had been taking the drug, which is called Etizolam

She said Moran’s partner “passed away suddenly” and added: “He clearly then had a difficulty and used drugs”.

The agent said Moran had been subjected to a Drug Treatment and Testing Order which had started “reasonably well” before Moran fell off the wagon after the personal tragedy and used substances to “relieve the pain”.

She said her client is in custody on remand in relation to another matter.

Sheriff Erroch ordered him to serve 80 days on both matters to run concurrently, meaning both sentences will be served at the same time.

He also admonished the accused on a charge of being found breaching a bail curfew ordering him to stay home between 7pm and 7am on September 23, 2020, at Paisley Road, near Newmains Road in Renfrew.

Moran was also admonished on a charge of stealing a bike from Renfrew’s Paisley Road on July 28 2021, while on bail.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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