Harm­less psy­chic prank ends in vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­times.co.uk

A DRUNK Oban man who re­acted vi­o­lently when a ‘psy­chic prank’ was played on him, has been fined £600 for as­sault­ing three men.

In an un­usual case, Oban sher­iff court heard on Tues­day that Ian Paul Macara, 33, of Croft Road in the town, ar­rived un­in­vited at an ad­dress in Lorn Av­enue on Jan­uary 29 this year.

Three men were in­side the house, drink­ing and play­ing com­puter games when they heard a knock at the door. The court heard that one of the men ‘ vaguely’ knew Macara and in­vited him into the flat.

The men then be­gan to joke to the ac­cused that one of them was psy­chic, re­lay­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to Mr Macara, which had in fact been ob­tained from Face­book.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGin- ty said that while, for all in­tents and pur­poses, it was in­tended as a joke, the ac­cused acted an­grily, and punched one man on the face, who was sit­ting on the set­tee next to him. The in­jured man then ran from the flat.

Another man re­mon­strated with the ac­cused, with Macara swing­ing punches at him. He also ran from the flat.

The third res­i­dent was then punched, kneed and kicked in the head, while he lay ‘curled up into a ball’ as Macara rained blows down on him, be­fore he left the prop­erty.

The third man phoned the po­lice who ar­rived at the scene quickly, with two of the com­plain­ers out­side the prop­erty in a state of dis­tress and wor­ried for their friend who they be­lieved was in­side ‘ be­ing at­tacked’.

Po­lice then saw the ac­cused leave the block of flats with grazed knuck­les and in a drunken state. They ar­rested him.

The court heard one of the vic­tims was left with swelling around his eye and another had swelling to the side of his face and a cut to his head.

Laura MacManus, de­fend­ing, said it was ‘out of sorts’ for her client to be so drunk.

She told the court: ‘He re­ceives drug and al­co­hol test­ing when work­ing and he has ad­dressed his use of al­co­hol out­side of work.

‘He ar­rived at the wrong flat and was al­lowed en­try and felt he was taken ad­van­tage of and wound up.’

How­ever, Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son, QC, noted that he had pre­vi­ously been charged with drink driv­ing, and that his level of in­tox­i­ca­tion had meant he ended up at the door of an ad­dress for no rea­son, in the com­pany of peo­ple he didn’t know, and acted com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ately, turn­ing the sit­u­a­tion into a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion.

Sher­iff An­der­son also men- tioned that, de­spite ini­tially be­ing meant as a prank, the case showed the dan­ger of per­sonal de­tails be­ing held on so­cial media sites such as Face­book.

Sen­tenc­ing Macara, she heard that while cur­rently un­em­ployed, he was wait­ing on a visa ap­pli­ca­tion for an off­shore me­chan­i­cal su­per­vi­sor’s job, where he ex­pected to earn £ 5000 a month af­ter tax. He was fined £900, re­duced to £600 due to his early plea, to be paid by Oc­to­ber 4.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.