Ho­tel row ac­cused no show

OAPs couldn’t be traced

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Court Re­porter

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.”

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