Bo’ness man warned to keep dates or his liberty could be at risk

Murray Forbes was told to get his house in order

Murray Forbes was told to get his house in order

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Murray Forbes was told to get “his house in order” when his progress with a community payback order was reviewed.

The warning came at Falkirk Sheriff Court and followed his lawyer claiming Forbes’ excuse for missing dates with social workers was because he had “unfortunately” made moving into his first tenancy his priority.

The order was imposed last year after Forbes admitted resisting arrest and assaulting a female police officer in Camelon Main Street on August 25, 2015

Earlier this year the same court was told Forbes had trouble complying with his order because he was homeless but things would improve when he moved in with his partner.

However, in court last week, the 19-year-old from 57 Deanfield Court, Bo’ness, was given a stern reminder that keeping the appointments with social work staff had to come first.

Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “You have to realise attending is not voluntary.

“The quickest way to lose your tenancy is if I replace the order with a custodial sentence.”