Woman’s racist remark
A 20-YEAR- OLD woman from Dunbeg has been found guilty of making a racially-aggravated remark after a night out in Oban.
Adele MacIntyre, of 50 Lorn Road, Dunbeg, pleaded not guilty to using a racial remark in the early hours of January 15.
MacIntyre appeared in Oban Sheriff Court on Tuesday April 11, and after all the evidence was heard, Sheriff Ruth Anderson was satisfied that MacIntyre did utter the remark, saying: ‘It was used in a racially- offensive way.’
Sheriff Anderson reiterated what witnesses had said – that racism should be against anyone’s beliefs and that this is 2017 and comments like this should not be happening.
The incident occurred on George Street after everyone involved had been out drinking.
Procurator fiscal Martina McGuigan called on two witnesses, who revealed that MacIntyre was speaking to the victim’s friend, when the victim said that if she had anything to say, she should say it to her.
This resulted in MacIntyre calling the victim a number of names, including the racially-offensive term.
This led the victim to complain to police, who subsequently arrested MacIntyre and kept her in Oban police station overnight.
MacIntyre denied using the word and said that it was a back and forth argument, where they both insulted each other.
However, Sheriff Anderson said: ‘I trust that you did use that word and I hope you are utterly ashamed of yourself.’
Sentencing has been deferred until June 21 at Oban Sheriff Court.