Hog­manay gatecrasher jailed

The Oban Times - - News -

A MAN was jailed last week af­ter he gate­crashed an Oban Hog­manay party where a for­mer girl­friend was cel­e­brat­ing and threat­ened her with a knife and a bot­tle.

Paul Don­ald­son MacMil­lan, 27, of Smer­clait, Pul­pit Drive, Pul­pit Hill, Oban, ad­mit­ted forcibly en­ter­ing a flat in Oban where his ex-part­ner was amongst those present; re­fus­ing to leave when re­peat­edly re­quested, be­ing ver­bally abu­sive to her, tak­ing a bot­tle and kitchen knife and bran­dish­ing them at her.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Eoin McGinty said the cou­ple had only gone out for six weeks and this had ended a month be­fore.

Oban Sher­iff Court heard that early on Jan­uary 1 MacMil­lan ar­rived at the ad­dress by taxi and af­ter be­ing told he wasn’t wel­come he hung around out­side be­fore ‘ barg­ing’ in.

The fis­cal said: ‘He took a seat in the liv­ing room; all present asked him to leave but he re­fused to do so and be­came abu­sive to ev­ery­one there. This went on for three to four hours.’

When the woman even­tu­ally went to call the po­lice, MacMil­lan said he would leave if she hung up but then grabbed the phone out of her hand went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife and a half-full bot­tle of Buck­fast.

‘He turned to face the com­plainer, waved th­ese above his head, bran­dish­ing them in her di­rec­tion,’ said the fis­cal.

The girl fled the flat with a friend, hav­ing to get out of a win­dow.

When ar­rested, po­lice had to de­lay his in­ter­view at the po­lice sta­tion be­cause MacMil­lan was ‘in an ag­i­tated and ag­gres­sive state’.

MacMil­lan’s de­fence agent, Jane Thomp­son said that MacMil­lan’s on-go­ing al­co­hol prob­lems were be­hind the in­ci­dent and he could be as­sessed for a place in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion unit

How­ever, in view of his re­cent record of of­fend­ing, Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC sen­tenced him to six months in prison.

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