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Sunday, 21 December 2014

‘Appalling injuries’ of carjack victim

A COURT has heard how a 67-year-old woman received “appalling” injuries when she was pulled from her car at traffic lights, thrown onto the ground and saw her car being driven away by a man.

It left Wendy Cuerda-Rodriguez afraid to travel on her own, said deputy fiscal Lyndsay Hunter at Dumfries.

In the dock Liam McMeechan, 19, of Ransome Gardens, Edinburgh admitted robbing the woman of her car at traffic lights on the B6357 in Canonbie in October 2011.

He also admitted that, having been granted bail at the court the following month, he failed to appear in October 2012.

The fiscal told the court that Mrs Cuerda-Rodriguez was alone in the car when she stopped at the red light and suddenly found her car door being opened.

McMeechan pulled her seatbelt free and dragged her from the car by her clothing and threw her onto the road, causing her head to strike the ground.

The incident was seen by some youths nearby and they saw McMeechan drive off. He was later seen on CCTV at the service station in Johnstonebridge on the M74.

The fiscal said the car was valued at about £2,000 and contained items worth about £1,500. Neither the car nor the property was recovered.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross called for background reports but warned McMeechan that he could face a substantial prison sentence.

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