Sentencing wait for Aberdeen piggy bank thief

A man who raided an eatery and made off with its mascot and tips will have to wait until next month to learn his fate.

Lee Paterson, 29, had been on early release from a High Court sentence when he broke into the Tartan Pig coffee shop on the city’s Hollybank Place on February 7.

Paterson appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after previously admitting carrying out the raid.

The damage to The Tartan Pig’s door

The court was told: “The locus is the Tartan Pig cafe, the accused had attended there during opening hours.”

The court heard during the day Paterson had been in the cafe with another man, and “asked some questions of the owner”, and did the same later.

It was said the owner thought his behaviour was “generally suspicious”.

The court was told Paterson stole a ceramic tip jar in the shape of a pig which had a value of £60.

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CCTV showed Paterson, whose address was given as Summerfield Terrace, “raising a slab” to break the glass on the door.

Defence agent Les Green said his client at the time had a “chaotic lifestyle”, but added that he had pled guilty at the first opportunity.

Sheriff Ian Wallace said: “This offence was while you had been released early from a High Court sentence.

“It will go back to the High Court for them to consider whether to impose a further period of custody in relation to that sentence.”

Sentence was deferred until next month.