‘Ben­e­fit of the doubt’ given to young man in court on drink driv­ing charge

The Oban Times - - News -

THE ‘BEN­E­FIT of the doubt’ was given to a young Fort Wil­liam busi­ness­man when he was found not guilty of drink driv­ing.

Cameron MacInnes, of Castle Drive, Lochy­side, lodged a spe­cial de­fence of an alibi at his trial last Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 16).

He was ac­cused of driv­ing his friend’s car with 91 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath on the evening of Satur­day, June 21 last year, but the 21-year- old de­nied be­ing in the car.

Sher­iff Richard David­son heard from two po­lice wit­nesses who said they saw Mr MacInnes in his home ear­lier the same evening, where the red Seat Ibiza he was ac­cused of driv­ing was parked, when they were fol­low­ing up a sep­a­rate en­quiry.

Later, dur­ing a rou­tine pa­trol, both said they saw the ac­cused driv­ing the car, and sec­onds later saw the aban­doned car on North Road and two men run­ning in the op­po­site di­rec­tion across the Bri­tish Alu­minium club field. He was then de­tained and given a breath al­co­hol test which showed he had been drink­ing.

When Mr MacInnes took to the stand, he said he hadn’t been driv­ing the car or run­ning and had walked from his home to the BA club to meet his friend where he was met by po­lice.

Sher­iff David­son found the self- em­ployed busi­ness owner not guilty as he said one of the po­lice giv­ing ev­i­dence had been ‘eva­sive’.

He said: ‘If both wit­nesses had been strong, you would have been found guilty, but for rea­sons I don’t un­der­stand one of the of­fi­cers was eva­sive. You get the ben­e­fit of the doubt and I find you not guilty.’

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