Ac­cused threw plant pot at man

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN man has been sen­tenced to 240 hours of un­paid work for as­sault­ing an­other man with a plant pot.

Luke Gor­don, 21, of 24 Com­bie Court, Oban, ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing and in­jur­ing the man by throw­ing a plant pot at his head on New Year’s Day this year.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told Oban Sher­iff Court on Tues­day April 25 that Gor­don had shouted at the man: ‘You touched my girl­friend,’ be­fore con­fronting him. ‘They grap­pled one an­other,’ Mr McGinty said, ‘then they broke up.

‘The ac­cused picked up a metal plant pot and threw it di­rectly at the com­plainer. This cut him di­rectly above his eye. He be­gan to bleed pro­fusely. He re­ceived a num­ber of stitches.’

Mr McGinty said po­lice traced Gor­don and searched his home, finding a blood-stained shirt. Gor­don told of­fi­cers: ‘I did not mean to hit him with it, but I just kind of threw it at him.’ Mr McGinty told the court they were stand­ing di­rectly in front of one an­other.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son told Gor­don: ‘You are go­ing to be one of those young men who spend their time in and out of cus­tody if you do not reg­u­late your be­hav­iour. There is a di­rect re­la­tion­ship be­tween your vi­o­lent be­hav­iour and con­sump­tion of al­co­hol.’

Sher­iff An­der­son im­posed a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der on him of 240 hours to be com­pleted within nine months, as a di­rect al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody. ‘If you breach this or­der,’ she warned, ‘ you go into cus­tody.’

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