Oban man ad­mits as­sault on part­ner

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN man stabbed him­self and pushed his part­ner dur­ing a do­mes­tic ar­gu­ment at their home.

Luigi Aldo Lopez, 47, of flat 2-2, 14 Soroba Road, Oban, ad­mit­ted strik­ing him­self on the body with a knife and falsely claim­ing to po­lice that he had been as­saulted and stabbed in the stom­ach. He also ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing his part­ner by push­ing her from the prop­erty on Septem­ber 8 last year.

Oban Sher­iff Court heard how Lopez and his then girl­friend, now wife, had been out for the evening and dur­ing their ride home in a taxi he be­came ar­gu­men­ta­tive and started to be­have ag­gres­sively to­wards her.

The ar­gu­ment con­tin­ued at their home – Lopez seized her and threw her and her be­long­ings from their flat then went into the kitchen, found a knife and stabbed him­self.

When po­lice and paramedics ar­rived at the prop­erty they found her ‘dis­tressed and bleed­ing’, said Eoin McGinty, Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal. ‘Paramedics were sus­pi­cious as they could see what they thought were self­harm wounds on his arms.’

When in­ter­viewed, Lopez ac­cepted that he made up the ac­count of him be­ing stabbed and apol­o­gised for that. He told po­lice that prior to the event he had stopped drink­ing but had con­sumed whisky that night. ‘I just went over the score. I thought I could han­dle a bot­tle of it and ob­vi­ously I couldn’t ,’ he said.

Lopez’ de­fence agent, Waqqas Ashraf told Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC that the cou­ple’s sub­se­quent mar­riage had brought sta­bil­ity to the life of Lopez, a part-time chef.

Sher­iff An­der­son de­ferred sen­tence un­til Fe­bru­ary 2 for a re­port into what al­co­hol treat­ment was avail­able and suit­able for Lopez, and his suit­abil­ity to carry out un­paid work in the com­mu­nity.

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