Woman’s racist re­mark

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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