Stand-off leads to supervision for Connel teenager
‘BEHAVE’ or ‘ face the trip down the road in the white prison van’ was the stark warning to an 18-year- old man at Oban Sheriff Court on Monday.
Dylan Restrick, of Greenacres, Connel, admitted brandishing broken bottles along with challenging others to fight him on January 15.
Teenager Restrick had made comments about a young man’s mother resulting in a late night stand- off between a group of men and the accused in a supermarket car park.
‘Restrick smashed two bottles and brandished them at those who got out of the car,’ said Eoin McGinty procurator fiscal.
In the ensuing clash Restrick broke the handle off a shopping trolley and brandished it at the men.
At an earlier hearing, Restrick also admitted threatening and abusive behaviour toward a woman on the South Pier, and in the town’s police station on March 24.
Defence agent Edward Thornton said: ‘Alcohol is the cause of both incidents and he has very little recollection, which is not to his credit.’
He added that Restrick was now seeking help for his drink problems.
In sentencing Restrick for both cases, Sheriff John Herald said it was a good report from social workers that saved the man from prison.
Sheriff Herald ordered Restrick to a community payback order of 100 hours of community service to be completed in 12 months and put the man under an 18-month supervision order.
The sheriff warned Restrick: ‘You have had a good education and if you continue to associate with some of these people you are going into the white van and down the road.’