New sher­iff says Oban is the ‘per­fect town to live in’

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­

THERE is a new sher­iff in town – and he thinks ‘Oban is the per­fect town to live in’.

Pa­trick Hughes, 40, was of­fi­cially in­ducted into his new role on Wed­nes­day July 5. He takes over from Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC who re­tired from the po­si­tion.

Dozens of peo­ple made their way to the Oban court for the cer­e­mony, where a num­ber of speeches took place.

Sher­iff prin­ci­pal, Duncan Mur­ray, procu­ra­tor fis­cal Laura Mun­dell, and Karen MacAl­lis­ter of Oban Fac­ulty of Solic­i­tors at­tended the event and were full of praise for Sher­iff Hughes’ ap­point­ment.

Mr Hughes, who grew up in Irvine, is a grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde and be­came a procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute in 2004, when he qual­i­fied as a solic­i­tor.

He worked in this role for four years be­fore be­ing pro­moted in 2008 to se­nior procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute.

Sher­iff Hughes, who has also been a part-time tu­tor at the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde, spent some time as the act­ing head of the wildlife and en­vi­ron­men­tal crime unit in 2014.

Speak­ing to The Oban Times about his new role, he said: ‘I think it is a great honour. It’s a priv­i­lege and I will do ev­ery­thing I can to en­sure I am wor­thy of it.’

Sher­iff Hughes’s first im­pres­sion of his new home was also a pos­i­tive one. He said: ‘I am ex­tremely taken with Oban. It is the per­fect town to live in. It’s com­pact, full of nat­u­ral beauty and I am im­pressed with what a busy main street it has.’

Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court also re­ceived a new sher­iff this year – Eilidh Mac­Don­ald, a grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Dundee.

The ap­point­ments were made by the Queen on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the First Min­is­ter on the ba­sis of a re­port by the Ju­di­cial Ap­point­ments Board for Scot­land.

From left to right: Sher­iff Prin­ci­pal Duncan Mur­ray, Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes and Lord Lieu­tenant of Argyll and Bute Pa­trick Ste­wart.

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