What Sheriff Pyle did next

When not preserving the integrity of Scots law (see nos 675, and 745)  Scots Law News's favourite sheriff, Sheriff Derek Pyle deals with the usual matters of sheriff court business.

He presided over an early procedural stage in a criminal case in Inverness sheriff court reported in the media on 19th June 2008.  The case involves a care worker facing charges that she had assaulted and abused residents at a nursing home in Inverness.  Among other charges the accused is alleged to have committed a breach of the peace by placing oversized false teeth in one resident's mouth while laughing at him and comparing the resident to a racehorse.

The story is reported by the BBC under the tasteful headline "Care worker denies Red Rum jibe".

The accused has pleaded not guilty and the case proceeds to trial in September.