Aberdeen council worker stole mobile after being pictured breaking one-way rule

The incident occurred on the one-way John Street.
The incident occurred on the one-way John Street.

A council worker was told by a sheriff he had behaved in a “disgraceful” way after he drove his works vehicle through a no entry sign – and then stole a phone from a man who photographed him.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard Lyall Davidson, 48, is now facing a disciplinary hearing from Aberdeen City Council.

Fiscal Depute Jennifer Pritchard said Davidson, who was driving a heavy goods council vehicle, was seen driving through the no entry sign on to the city’s John Street, in the wrong direction of the one way street.

Ms Pritchard said: “The witness, Mr Johnstone, took a mobile phone picture with the intention of calling the police.”

She went on to say Mr Johnstone was in Thains Bakery when he became aware of Davidson.

She said: “He approached in an aggressive manner saying, ‘Who do you think you are taking a photograph of me?’ He grabbed the phone from the pocket of this witness.”

There was a struggle between them and Davidson left the phone on the store counter.

Davidson admitted failing to comply with a no entry sign , as well as a charge of theft after taking a mobile phone from Steve Johnstone at Thains Bakery on George Street when he appeared at court.

The offences took place on December 12 last year. Defence agent Iain McGregor said Davidson was driving a cleaning vehicle and he had entered John Street on the wrong side while carrying out his work.

He said Davidson was “not pleased” at the man for taking his picture, but “apologised unreservedly” .

Sheriff William Taylor told Davidson: “I think your behaviour on December 12 was disgraceful, and you probably recognise that.”

He went on to say that he brought “discredit” to his employer, adding: “You have let them down, you have let yourself down.”

He banned Davidson, whose address was given in court as 206 Auchmill Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, from the road for six months and fined him £500 for the road traffic offence, and a further £500 for the theft charge.

The city council said it did not comment on individual staffing matters.