Single mother guilty of assault and shouting homophobic abuse at men
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