Duo deny steal­ing in shops

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO LOTH­IAN men have de­nied a spate of shoplift­ing in Tyn­drum and Oban.

Kevin Magee, 45, of 30 Deer­hill, Brox­burn, pleaded not guilty to steal­ing three bot­tles of whisky from the Green Welly Stop in Tyn­drum on July 3 when he ap­peared in Oban Sher­iff Court heard on Mon­day.

Magee and Iain Arthurs, also of 30 Deer­hill, Brox­burn, fur­ther de­nied shoplift­ing al­co­hol, gro­ceries and a TV from Oban’s Tesco store on July 9 and July 23.

Magee de­nied a fourth charge of pos­sess­ing a wire- cut­ter in the su­per­mar­ket’s car park on July 23 with the in­ten­tion of com­mit­ting a theft.

De­pute procu­ra­tor fis­cal Jenny Sapi­ano op­posed bail in both cases, point­ing to the pair’s pre­vi­ous record of high-value shoplift­ing far from their home ad­dress.

Laura McManus, de­fend­ing Magee, an un­em­ployed father who suf­fers from type one di­a­betes, ar­gued that with his level of care he would be bet­ter at lib­erty than in cus­tody. The court also heard he was con­cerned cus­tody would pre­vent him go­ing on a holiday he’d planned with his chil­dren in Black­pool.

Ms McManus added that Arthurs, an un­em­ployed 42-yearold, was cur­rently sub­ject to a drug treat­ment and test­ing order for heroin ad­dic­tion.

Honorary Sher­iff Muriel Frances Lanos set a trial date for Au­gust 17, and granted bail to Magee on med­i­cal grounds, and on the con­di­tion he does not en­ter Oban. Arthurs was re­fused bail.

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