Man spared crim­i­nal record over smoke grenade prank

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A TWENTY-YEAR- OLD man who set off a smoke grenade in a Fort Wil­liam pub was spared a crim­i­nal record af­ter Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor put his ac­tions down to ‘high spir­its’.

Alasdair Cal­lum Greens, Kennedy Road, was given an ab­so­lute dis­charge at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff court on Mon­day April 24 when the sher­iff ruled that be­cause he has been put on pub­watch, mean­ing he is banned from al­most all the pubs in the town for two years, was al­ready ‘quite a pun­ish­ment’ for a man of his age.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Martina East­wood told the court Greens had ac­quired the smoke grenade when he went paint­balling on Septem­ber 11 and had told friends he was plan­ning to set it off in a High Street pub. The court heard Greens was seen on CCTV at 1.39am the fol­low­ing morn­ing dif­fus­ing the de­vice on the dance floor of the pub, which then filled with smoke, be­fore the pub was evac­u­ated to al­low staff to re­move the de­vice.

De­fence solic­i­tor Hamish Mel­rose told the court the CCTV clearly showed the pub was evac­u­ated in an or­derly fash­ion within 10 or 11 min­utes of the de­vice be­ing set off.

It was re­moved within four min­utes af­ter that and the pub-go­ers re­turned. He ar­gued there was no dan­ger caused in the in­ci­dent, although there was po­ten­tial for it, and said his client fully agreed how ‘stupid’ his ac­tions were.

The sher­iff con­cluded: ‘High spir­its seem much more the cause rather than crim­i­nal in­tent and there is no pub­lic in­ter­est in giv­ing you a crim­i­nal record.’

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