Builder pays price for as­sault­ing for­mer client over un­paid debt

The Oban Times - - News -

A 35-YEAR- OLD builder from Oban has been fined £ 800 for as­sault­ing a man over an out­stand­ing pay­ment.

Calum MacLeod re­peat­edly kicked and punched the vic­tim to the head and body on De­cem­ber 17, 2016.

He ap­peared at Oban Sher­iff Court on Tues­day July 18, where he was told that it was only by the grace of God that he didn’t re­ceive a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told the court that MacLeod was walk­ing home after a night out when, at around 1am, at the top of Ge­orge Street, he spot­ted the vic­tim, who was lean­ing against a wall eat­ing. MacLeod crossed the road and con­fronted him. Dur­ing the heated dis­cus­sion, MacLeod punched the vic­tim on the head. He then con­tin­ued to kick him on the head and face a num­ber of times while he was on the ground.

MacLeod’s so­lic­i­tor said that he acted out of char­ac­ter and that he ap­proached him re­gard­ing an out­stand­ing pay­ment of £ 5,481, say­ing the work he car­ried out was done to a high stan­dard.

And on the night in ques­tion, the so­lic­i­tor told the court, MacLeod was laughed at and was told he was not get­ting any pay­ment.

Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said: ‘I have these pho­tographs and I am quite shocked by see­ing them.

‘I have seen cases go to the High Court where peo­ple have been killed by a sin­gle strike and peo­ple are put away for a long time.

‘ It is only by the grace of God that you are not in that po­si­tion.’

MacLeod re­ceived a re­duced fine of £ 800 be­cause of his early guilty plea.

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