Oban man admits assault on partner
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.