Edinburgh man stole woman's car at Canonbie traffic lights

Traffic lights The car was stolen when its driver stopped at lights in the south of Scotland village

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A man has admitted stealing a woman's car when she stopped at traffic lights in a village in Dumfries and Galloway.

Liam McMeechan, 19, of Ransome Gardens, Edinburgh, carried out the offence in Canonbie in October 2011.

A court heard the 67-year-old female driver had suffered "appalling" injuries after she was pulled from the vehicle and thrown to the ground.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross called for background reports but told McMeechan he could face a substantial jail term.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how Wendy Cuerda-Rodriguez had been alone in her car when she stopped at a red light in the village.

Suddenly she found her car door being opened.

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

The court was told Ms Cuerda-Rodriguez had been afraid to travel on her own after the incident.

The robbery was seen by some youths sitting on a nearby wall and they saw McMeechan drive off in the car.

He was later seen on CCTV at the service station at Johnstonebridge on the A74(M).

The fiscal said the car was valued at about £2,000 and items in it included a mobile phone and other personal property worth about £1,500.

Neither the car nor the property was ever recovered.

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