Sher­iff is­sues jail threat

The Oban Times - - News - COURT RE­PORTER editor@oban­times.co.uk

A MULL man has been told he could end up in jail if he con­tin­ues to ha­rass his el­derly mother who suf­fers from de­men­tia.

Cal­lum MacDougall, 48, was ar­rested on June 25 out­side his 84-year- old mother house at Foun­tain­head on the is­land.

Oban sher­iff court heard on Tues­day that it was the third time MacDougall had been ar­rested for us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive lan­guage to­wards his el­derly mother.

De­fence lawyer, Laura McManus, said MacDougall, who lives nearby at Ard­meanoch View, of­ten vis­ited his mother when sober and was ‘help­ful and car­ing’.

She said: ‘He finds it dif­fi­cult to cope with his mother’s men­tal de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, and when drunk on the date in ques­tion, acted in an in­ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner.’

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son, QC, replied: ‘I can’t quite un­der­stand the con­nec­tion, I’m afraid.

‘ Yes, if you are feel­ing a bit down you might pour your­self a cou­ple of ‘large ones’, but why that would make you want to shout and swear at your el­derly, vul­ner­a­ble mother, I just don’t see the link.

‘I note that there have been sim­i­lar com­plaints against you in 2011 and 2014, and again it was your mother who was the com­plainer.’

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing in July, Sher­iff Colin McKay had said it was clear Mr MacDougall had a ‘se­ri­ous is­sue with al­co­hol’.

MacDougall had since at­tended ad­dic­tion treat­ment in Oban and had been pro­gress­ing well.

He was banned from vis­it­ing Mull when he ap­peared at Oban sher­iff court on July 8, the only ex­cep­tion be­ing when car­ry­ing out his du­ties as a de­liv­ery driver. He has been liv­ing in a guest house in Oban since that date.

Sher­iff An­der­son de­ferred sen­tence un­til De­cem­ber 8 and lifted the re­stric­tions on MacDougall vis­it­ing the is­land and his mother.

She said: ‘You are re­leased from the con­di­tions of your bail or­der, but I am warn­ing you now, any rep­e­ti­tion of the abu­sive and hor­ri­ble be­hav­iour to­wards your el­derly mother and I won’t hes­i­tate to con­sider cus­tody.

‘The court will have to take a look at send­ing you to prison.

‘I un­der­stand you are the only child of your fam­ily left on the is­land, and you may find that dif­fi­cult, but your mother is vis­ited four times a day by car­ers so there are no phys­i­cal de­mands on you as such.

‘At 84, your mother may not have much longer left, so it is now up to you to make up to her for what has hap­pened.’

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