Unpaid work order for Granton gangster who crashed jet ski into harbour wall

A Granton gangster has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after he crashed a jet ski into a harbour wall during last year’s lockdown period.

Friday, 13th August 2021, 4:55 am
Don Webley crashed a jet ski into Newhaven Harbour last year.

Don Webley was riding his brother’s jet ski when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the wall at Edinburgh’s Newhaven Harbour last year.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told Webley, 39, “wasn’t used to the power” of the jet ski before and was unable to prevent it from careering into the sea wall.

Having also breached lockdown restrictions to take control of the jet ski, the father-of-one was said to have “a lengthy and significant record” when he appeared at the Capital’s sheriff court for sentencing on Thursday.

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Webley had previously pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly riding a jet ski at sea during coronavirus restrictions at excessive speed for the conditions and strike the harbour wall at Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh, on May 27 last year.

Solicitor Stuart Carson, defending, said his client was due to start a job next week with a company who erect marquees at sporting events.

Mr Carson said Webley, from Granton, Edinburgh, has been employed to drive JCB vehicles and will be working at venues abroad in the coming weeks.

The lawyer added: “During the first few weeks of lockdown he had been told by his brother that his brother was out at Granton harbour with a jet ski. He made his way there to use the jet ski.

“He wasn’t used to the power of it and when he accelerated he struck the harbour wall.”

Webley also admitted to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing and acting in an aggressive manner at Drylaw police station, Edinburgh, on May 10 last year.

Mr Carson said the incident arose when police and council employees attended at Webley’s home and there had been confusion as to who was the tenant of the property.

The lout had attended at Drylaw police station the following day to try and get access back into the property but began to act aggressively while there.

Sheriff Adrian Fraser said: “I am persuaded there is an alternative to custody. You have in the distant past an unenviable record, you know that.

“But since 2013 you have only had a matter from 2015, so you have made considerable changes with regard to offending.

“You have also managed to secure a job, a good job going forward, and I am persuaded that these matters can be dealt with in a way other than custody.”

Sheriff Fraser sentenced Webley to carry out 144 hours of unpaid work in the community as punishment for both offences.

Webley is a reputed gangland enforcer and was the first person to be banned from every nightclub in Edinburgh for life.

He was barred under the U-night scheme in 2008 after an assault on drug dealer James Carlin outside the City disco.

Webley was previously jailed for throwing a petrol bomb at staff outside the Capital’s Revolution nightclub in 2003.

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