Sin­gle mother guilty of as­sault and shout­ing ho­mo­pho­bic abuse at men

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A SIN­GLE mother awaits her fate af­ter as­sault­ing and shout­ing ho­mo­pho­bic abuse at two men af­ter a night out in Fort Wil­liam.

Sarah Fer­gu­son, 34, from An­gus Cres­cent, was found guilty of punch­ing 22-year- old James Tom­lin on the head, kick­ing him on the leg and of shout­ing sex­u­ally prej­u­diced re­marks at Ross Alexan­der from Glas­gow and hitting him.

The court heard Fer­gu­son and friends and the two men had been on sep­a­rate nights out on De­cem­ber 6, 2015 but had bumped into each other when leav­ing Skip­pin­ish Ceilidh House at the end of the evening when the in­ci­dent be­gan.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence from be­hind a screen, hair­dresser James told Fis­cal Mar­tine East­wood an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween his partner Ross and one of Fer­gu­son’s friends had taken place to­wards the exit of the club, which is now closed, and that the girls had been moved on by the bouncer. po­lice as he was an­gry ‘false claims had been made against his partner’.

The crown dropped the case against Miss Cullen half way through the trial on Tues­day Novem­ber 8.

Given Fer­gu­son’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, Sher­iff Tay­lor or­dered a back­ground re­port be­fore sen­tenc­ing and suggested a lower scale com­mu­nity pay­back or­der might be ap­pro­pri­ate pun­ish­ment. Sen­tenc­ing is due to be made on De­cem­ber 8.

The men waited un­til they thought the girls would have been out of the vicin­ity but they met again near the taxi rank at Tesco when the shout­ing started, lead­ing to the as­sault.

Fer­gu­son de­nied any wrong­do­ing. Im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent, Fer­gu­son had com­plained the men as­saulted her but these charges were dropped.

Pro­ceed­ings were lodged against Fer­gu­son and her friend Ch­eryl Cullen when Ross Alexan­der gave his state­ment to the

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