Woman not guilty of as­sault on ex-part­ner

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A CAOL woman who was charged with as­sault af­ter throw­ing a bowl at her then part­ner has been found not guilty.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor said he was not sat­is­fied there was suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to con­vict Joanne Mar­garet Louise Kane, 23, at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court on Mon­day (Jan­uary 30).

The court heard how Kane’s for­mer part­ner had gone to her house at Blar Mhor Road af­ter an af­ter­noon in the Lochy Bar, when the pair be­gan to ar­gue. He said Kane had called him on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions through­out the three hours he was at the pub and the ar­gu­ment was be­cause he had been out drink­ing dur­ing the day.

Her part­ner then left the house to go and get a fish sup­per and when he re­turned the ar­gu­ment broke out again.

The for­mer cou­ple’s son was up­stairs sleep­ing when Kane was said to have picked up a porce­lain bowl and ‘chucked it across the room’. The bowl was said to have shat­tered as it hit her ex-part­ner on the nose.

The court heard how Kane’s part­ner had then tried to take their son out of the house as he did not want him to be ‘in that en­vi­ron­ment’.

But Kane’s so­lic­i­tor told the court that she had thrown the bowl in self- de­fence af­ter her for­mer part­ner had pinned her down on the sofa and thrown a fish sup­per at her.

Sher­iff Tay­lor said the Crown did not have suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to dis­prove Kane was act­ing in self- de­fence and that his view of the ac­cused’s ex-part­ner was ‘not a high one’ par­tic­u­larly af­ter hear­ing how he had tried to take the child away – some­thing which the Sher­iff said was done to hurt Kane.

Sher­iff Tay­lor con­cluded by find­ing Kane not guilty.

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