Lanarkshire teenager with ‘excruciating’ criminal record is back behind bars


A teenager whose criminal record already has 84 charges faces more time in police custody after a carjacking.

Lee Pearson, who just turned 19, appeared from police custody at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

He admitted stealing a man’s Ford Focus on Caledonia Drive, Newarthill on September 10 last year and driving while disqualified.

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But an allegation that he presented a gun and threatened to shoot the 23-year-old car owner was dropped.

Pearson also had his plea of ​​not guilty accepted to a charge of being involved in supplying cocaine.

The court heard the men had arranged to meet and the man took to the streets around 11.40pm.

No reason was given for the meeting.

Pearson approached the vehicle and said “Give me the fucking car”.

He threatened the driver, rummaged inside and took the keys from the ignition.

The victim got out of the car and Pearson drove off at high speed.

The Focus was found abandoned and damaged on a roundabout in Tannochside.

The car was written off and the victim’s insurers refused to pay.

He had bought it for £3,595 and the court heard he wanted compensation from the defendant.

Defense agent Diarmid Bruce pointed to difficulties in Pearson’s upbringing.

The lawyer said: ‘The environment is not ideal for a youngster, but it has a lot to offer if its energies are channeled correctly.

Sheriff John Speir sentenced Pearson to 26 months in custody, backdated as he has been detained since September, and imposed a two-year driving ban.

The sheriff told him, “I note from the criminal justice social work report that you haven’t had it easy, but you have an atrocious record – up to 84 counts – for a 19-year-old.”

Pearson was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the owner of the car, but the sheriff changed his mind after Mr Bruce protested he was unable to find the money.

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