Hotel row accused no show
OAPs couldn’t be traced
Pensioners accused of causing a rumpus at a top Perthshire hotel were posted missing following their latest court hearing.
Seventy-one-year-old Robert Fergus and his 68-year-old wife Ruth had been seen by their lawyer earlier.
They were said to be in a witness room at Perth Sheriff Court.
But the court officer couldn’t trace them when their case was called.
Lawyer Pauline Cullerton asked that matters be continued to allow further information to be obtained.
She is waiting to hear back from their GPs and more details were being sought from the ambulance service who had dealt with one of the OAPs.
The pair are said to have caused mayhem at the MacDonald Hotel, Kinloch Rannoch, on February 7 this year.
It is alleged that they repeatedly threatened violence to three people Scott and Marcelene Glen and Tomasz Baraonnski - while in possession of a pair of scissors.
They are also said to have wilfully or recklessly smashed glass pane doors in the up-market establishment - and then caused extensive damage to computers, servers and phone lines by cutting cables.
Ruth Fergus also faced a further charge of assaulting Scott Glen by seizing him by the face.
Her husband further denied driving his car with almost double the legal alcohol limit on the B846 Kinloch Rannoch-Tummel Bridge road, near Tummel Bridge, the same day.
His breath reading is said to have been 43 microgrammes - in excess of the legal limit of 22.
A fifth charge also alleged that the husband and wife, of Balcomie Crescent, Troon, had the scissors in their possession.
The couple had a further preliminary hearing scheduled for August 31 after Sheriff Gillian Wade observed: “They seem to have disappeared.”