Bunt­ing ob­scured CCTV

The Oban Times - - News -

CCTV didn’t help an Oban man ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in a fight on Ge­orge Street shortly be­fore Christ­mas – be­cause bunt­ing was in front of the cam­era dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Oban Sher­iff Court heard that Ewan MacCorquo­dale, 27, of Camp­bell Cres­cent, met for­mer col­league Mark Pen­rose in the street and a ‘scuf­fle’ took place.

Pen­rose later com­plained to the po­lice he had been punched on the face. While CCTV cam­eras caught MacCorquo­dale cross­ing the road to ap­proach Mr Pen­rose on Satur­day De­cem­ber 19, the video of the in­ci­dent it­self was ob­scured.

MacCorquo­dale said it was in fact Mr Pen­rose who had tried to punch him. ‘I wouldn’t have classed it as a fight. I didn’t want to in­flict any ma­jor harm on him [ Mr Pen­rose].’

How­ever, a wit­ness said MacCorquo­dale was later brag­ging about the fight. The ac­cused was overheard in a taxi queue say­ing: ‘I’ve just hit Mark Pen­rose.’

Eoin McGinty, procu­ra­tor fis­cal, said: ‘The fact is that Mr Pen­rose’s ac­count of the events are sup­ported. The ac­cused crossed the street to con­front him. Pen­rose then phoned the po­lice and com­plained. The ac­cused didn’t phone the po­lice. The ac­cused didn’t seem to be up­set.’

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC said she be­lieved be­yond rea­son­able doubt that Mr Pen­rose’s ver­sion of the evening’s events was cor­rect.

Sher­iff An­der­son told MacCorquo­dale: ‘You have four pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, two of which are solemn.’

She fined MacCorquo­dale £750 to be paid at £25 per week.

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