Fa­ther and sons guilty of as­sault

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A FA­THER and his two sons have been found guilty of as­sault­ing a man who was out with his heav­ily preg­nant wife.

James MacNaughton, 59, An­gus MacNaughton, 21, and Alexan­der MacNaughton, 19, ap­peared at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court last Thurs­day (Fe­bru­ary 9) and pleaded not guilty to as­sault­ing the man by re­peat­edly punch­ing and kick­ing his head and body to his in­jury on Davies Brae, Mal­laig.

The three men, all from Mo­rar, were at­tend­ing a fam­ily wed­ding on June 4, 2016, at the West Highland Ho­tel.

The court heard how youngest son Alexan­der had left the wed­ding to go the cash ma­chine in Mal­laig af­ter run­ning out of money.

The same evening, the vic­tim and his wife were out for a meal in Mal­laig. They left the restau­rant around 8.15pm and went to buy an ice- cream.

When the cou­ple stopped af­ter bump­ing into friends, Alexan­der, the vic­tim’s wife’s cousin, walked passed them ‘mouthing off’.

The court heard Alexan­der said ‘ what are you look­ing at you ugly c**t’ to the vic­tim be­fore walk­ing past to go to the bank ma­chine.

The vic­tim said he fol­lowed Alexan­der as he was ‘shocked’ at the re­mark as he ‘didn’t think there was any­thing wrong’ with his re­la­tion­ship with the MacNaughtons.

The vic­tim asked Alexan­der ‘ what’s the prob­lem?’ to which he replied ‘ you know fine well’.

The vic­tim’s wife told him to ‘leave it’ be­fore they headed back to their friends and started talk­ing again.

As Alexan­der walked back up the hill to­wards the West Highland Ho­tel, he be­gan ‘mouthing off again’ and hit the vic­tim in the back of the head.

The vic­tim threw his arm back to knock Alexan­der’s arm away, split­ting Alexan­der’s lip.

The 19-year- old then replied ‘ you wait here two min­utes, I’ll be back’.

The vic­tim and his wife had started to walk down the hill to­wards their car when they heard An­gus, Alexan­der and James run­ning down the hill to­wards them.

The vic­tim said An­gus punched him and he was then knocked to the ground where he re­mem­bered get­ting ‘kicked to the chest’.

The vic­tim told the court: ‘I was try­ing to make sure my wife was okay be­cause she was eight months preg­nant.’

The vic­tim’s wife said An­gus first punched her hus­band on the head and then they were all ‘boot­ing him and stamp­ing on his chest and head’ while she begged them to stop.

The vic­tim said he sus­tained a haematoma af­ter bang­ing his head on the ground which meant he had to take time off work.

Both the vic­tim and his wife said their main con­cern was mak­ing sure their un­born son was okay.

Find­ing the three men guilty, Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor said: ‘I take a se­ri­ous view of what hap­pened on that day. Alexan­der, you be­haved badly to­wards a mem­ber of the pub­lic who was hold­ing hands with his heav­ily preg­nant wife, who gave birth within days of this in­ci­dent. You showed no con­cern.’

The sher­iff sen­tenced the three men to 75 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice each, to be com­pleted in six months.

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