Lochaber man breached bail con­di­tions

The Oban Times - - News -

A 24-YEAR- OLD Lochaber man has been told it is up to him to keep him­self out of jail.

David Paul O’Hara had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted threat­en­ing and abu­sive behaviour, re­sist­ing, ob­struct­ing and hin­der­ing the po­lice in the ex­e­cu­tion of their duty, by strug­gling, and pos­sess­ing cannabis. He ap­peared at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court for sen­tenc­ing but he also ap­peared from cus­tody for breach­ing the bail granted for the of­fences which he com­mit­ted on May 11.

Sher­iff Eilidh Mac­Don­ald was told on Mon­day that O’Hara had not told a friend that he had said his friend’s home would be his bail ad­dress; the friend ob­jected and told the po­lice. O’Hara now has a new ad­dress at An Aird.

The sher­iff also heard that the same friend had been with O’Hara and had been try­ing to calm him down when he com­mit­ted the of­fences out­side his mother’s home in Lochaber.

O’Hara had been in­tox­i­cated when the trouble oc­curred and was shout­ing and swear­ing abuse out­side his mother’s home.

‘He strug­gled with the po­lice, tried to run away, broke free, ran away again and fell over. He was put in hand­cuffs,’ said procu­ra­tor fis­cal Mar­tine East­wood. The cannabis was found in the pocket of his jeans.

The mat­ter had pre­vi­ously been ad­journed for a re­port to be pre­pared on O’Hara, prior to his sen­tenc­ing.

O’Hara’s de­fence agent, Hamish Mel­rose, said his client had been liv­ing at var­i­ous ad­dresses around the Fort Wil­liam area, ‘sofa surf­ing’.

‘He is try­ing to find work. He has two in­ter­views and is try­ing to bet­ter him­self and get his life sorted out.

‘He is adamant he would be willing to co- op­er­ate and en­gage if given the op­por­tu­nity here.’

Sher­iff Mac­Don­ald im­posed a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der of a year’s su­per­vi­sion and 110 hours of un­paid work to be com­pleted within the next six months, with a re­view of the or­der on Au­gust 15.

Sher­iff Mac­Don­ald pointed out that O’Hara had failed to com­plete pay­back or­ders be­fore. She said: ‘It is up to you, Mr O’Hara.’

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