Teenager not guilty of as­sault­ing woman

The Oban Times - - News -

A FORT Wil­liam teenager has been found not guilty of as­sault and sex­ual as­sault.

At Fort Wil­liam sher­iff court on Fri­day, Reece MacIsaac, of Birch Road, Caol, de­nied re­peat­edly hit­ting a woman’s head against a glass ta­ble, throw­ing a broom at her, putting her in a head­lock and touch­ing her breasts at an ad­dress in Fort Wil­liam on Novem­ber 21 last year.

Af­ter a four-hour trial, sher­iff Brian Cameron found the 18-year- old not guilty as a re­sult of dis­crep­an­cies in crown ev­i­dence. The al­leged vic­tim ap­peared as the first wit­ness, and told the court MacIsaac had pulled her by the waist on to a couch with him and didn’t let her go, be­fore putting both hands on her breasts. She said she had to shout to her friends, who were in another room, to help her. She then said MacIsaac be­came an­gry and put her in a head­lock be­fore ‘smash­ing her head off a ta­ble’. The sec­ond wit­ness sup­ported the first state­ment, but said she had been in the room dur­ing the al­leged sex­ual as­sault and saw it her­self. But the de­fence wit­ness, another teenage girl who had been at the prop­erty, de­nied any of it hap­pened and said the com­plainer had been the one act­ing vi­o­lently dur­ing an ar­gu­ment.

Sher­iff Cameron said: ‘I heard from three wit­nesses and I have to say the most cred­i­ble and re­li­able was the last wit­ness [for the de­fence].

MacIsaac also de­nied be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner to­wards the three girls, which Sher­iff Cameron found to be not proven.

The ac­cused pleaded guilty to two charges of threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour to­wards po­lice of­fi­cers who at­tended the in­ci­dent and sen­tence was de­ferred un­til Oc­to­ber 13 for back­ground re­ports.

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