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Is­lay sex­ual as­sault trial

A NEW­TON Mearns man ap­peared in Camp­bel­town sher­iff court to face charges of sexually as­sault­ing two women.

Ian McLel­lan, 58, of Holly Trees, North Hill­head Road has de­nied five charges of as­sault and abuse on the is­land of Is­lay on three oc­ca­sions in 2012.

The trial will be heard on Septem­ber 19 by Sher­iff Patrick Hughes. It will start at the ear­lier time of 9.30am.

Pro­voked man made threats

A CAMP­BEL­TOWN man pleaded guilty to a charge of threat­en­ing vi­o­lence to­wards a fam­ily, and claimed they were call­ing him a junkie.

Ge­orge Pa­ton, 45, of High Street was fined £170 for his be­hav­iour, but Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said his ac­tions were not with­out provo­ca­tion.

While giv­ing the facts of the case Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Eoin McGinty said: ‘Af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion turned sour, Pa­ton threat­ened the peo­ple he was talk­ing to. He said: ‘‘You’d bet­ter not phone the po­lice or your fam­ily is go­ing to get it’’.’

De­fence agent Stephen MacS­por­ran said Pa­ton had been go­ing about his own busi­ness when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Mr MacS­por­ran said: ‘These peo­ple called him a junkie and spoke to Mr Pa­ton in not too nice terms.’

Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said: ‘This is a ter­ri­ble thing to say to any­one - but there does seem to be provo­ca­tion in this case.’

De­ferred sen­tence

A MAN who pleaded guilty to three charges of punch­ing his part­ner, re­sist­ing ar­rest by lash­ing out at a po­lice of­fi­cer and kick­ing a po­lice van will have to wait a month to be sen­tenced.

Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said he wanted court re­ports such as a crim­i­nal jus­tice re­port and a so­cial work re­port be­fore he sen­tenced 24-year-old Scott McGurn of Mil­l­knowe, Camp­bel­town.

He will ap­pear for sen­tenc­ing on Septem­ber 19.

Woman re­manded

A CAMP­BEL­TOWN woman who was caus­ing ‘a nui­sance to so­ci­ety’ will re­main on re­mand un­til she is sen­tenced later this month.

Adela Stimp­son, 46, Killeo­nan Cot­tages pleaded guilty to two charges of threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour on May 8 2017 and July 21 2017 and head-butting and kick­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer on July 21 2017.

She ap­peared in court last Wed­nes­day.

Stimp­son was re­manded in cus­tody – af­ter Sher­iff Patrick Hughes had made ar­range­ments for her cat to be looked af­ter in its owner’s ab­sence.

On May 8, Stimp­son was shout­ing at a man who was chop­ping logs in his gar­den. When the man re­fused to stop go­ing about his law­ful work - Stimp­son got into his van and re­fused to leave.

On July 21, Stimp­son was ar­rested af­ter be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner af­ter caus­ing some an­noy­ance to her neigh­bours.

Af­ter she was ar­rested she as­saulted a po­lice of­fi­cer at the charge bar of Camp­bel­town po­lice cells.

De­fence agent Stephen MacS­por­ran ar­gued his client had re­cently been di­ag­nosed with ADHD and had been of­fered an ap­point­ment with a hos­pi­tal spe­cial­ist.

Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said: ‘I have heard ev­ery­thing that has been said in court to­day. I thank Mr MacS­por­ran for his very help­ful sub­mis­sion on your con­di­tion.

‘I am afraid the pub­lic should no longer be sub­jected to your be­hav­iour. I am send­ing you to prison.’

Sher­iff Hughes continued: ‘I am ask­ing your so­lic­i­tor to make ar­range­ments to have some­one look af­ter your cat. If no one can be found then I want the SSPCA to visit your home with po­lice of­fi­cers to en­sure it is cared for while you are on re­mand.’

Men­ac­ing phone calls

STRICT bail con­di­tions were im­posed, at Camp­bel­town sher­iff court, on a man who pleaded guilty to ut­ter­ing threats of ex­treme vi­o­lence by tele­phone.

James Docherty, 41, of 3 Glen­burn Court, Dalaruan Street, Camp­bel­town, ap­peared from cus­tody on Mon­day morn­ing

be­fore sher­iff Joe Thom­son.

Docherty pleaded guilty to two charges, firstly that, last Satur­day, he made calls that were grossly of­fen­sive and of an in­de­cent, ob­scene or men­ac­ing char­ac­ter and re­peat­edly ut­tered threats of ex­treme vi­o­lence.

On the same day he ad­mit­ted mak­ing fur­ther sim­i­lar calls to an­other per­son.

Sher­iff Thom­son de­ferred sen­tence for so­cial work re­ports un­til Septem­ber 21.

He bailed Docherty on strict con­di­tions that he does not go near cer­tain ad­dresses in the town.

Fine for pub fra­cas

A TARBERT man was fined £500 at Camp­bel­town sher­iff court af­ter ad­mit­ting an as­sault in a pub­lic house.

Wil­liam MacFar­lane, 51, Arch­lea, School Road, who was of pre­vi­ous good be­hav­iour and had acted af­ter some ‘provoca-

tion’, was told by Sher­iff Patrick Hughes that if he had not ad­mit­ted his crime, he may have been look­ing at a prison sen­tence.

CCTV ev­i­dence showed that on May 13 MacFar­lane was in the Tarbert pub when an­other man with whom he had ar­gued came into the premises.

Af­ter a short al­ter­ca­tion, MacFar­lane grabbed the vic­tim by the neck where he fell to the ground knock­ing his head on a fire­place.

MacFar­lane said he sin­cerely re­gret­ted the in­ci­dent.

Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said: ‘This is an un­for­tu­nate matter with a de­gree of provo­ca­tion.’

Camp­bel­town sher­iff court.

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