Sher­iff de­scribes re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer’s be­hav­iour ‘shock­ing’

The Oban Times - - News -

A FORT WIL­LIAM Sher­iff has de­scribed a 76-year- old re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer’s be­hav­iour as ‘ shock­ing’ as he de­liv­ered part of his sen­tence on Mon­day.

Thomas Al­lan Kir­sop, of Bru­dair, North Bal­lachul­ish, was fined £1,000 for two breaches of bail and care­less driv­ing at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court.

He was fined £250 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months for care­less driv­ing for an in­ci­dent on March 23, 2017.

Kir­sop was found guilty of driv­ing slowly in front of his vic­tim, about 15mph to 20mph, po­si­tion­ing half of his ve­hi­cle in the op­pos­ing car­riage­way, pre­vent­ing the vic­tim from over­tak­ing on the A82 at North Bal­lachul­ish. The court heard how Kir­sop had then turned into the fill­ing sta­tion ‘at the last pos­si­bly op­por­tu­nity with­out in­di­cat­ing’.

Kir­sop was also fined a to­tal of £750 for two breaches of bail; £ 500 for one and £250 for an­other.

At an ear­lier court ap­pear­ance, Sher­iff Wil­liam Taylor found Kir­sop guilty of six charges, in­clud­ing swing­ing a chain­saw with its en­gine run­ning while star­ing at neigh­bours, ut­ter­ing threats and shout­ing of­fen­sive re­marks; star­ing at the head teacher of the vil­lage pri­mary school in an in­tim­i­dat­ing man­ner; en­gag­ing in con­duct which caused a hus­band and wife fear and alarm by fol­low­ing the wife’s car, pulling along­side; bang­ing into her at the vil­lage pri­mary school; send­ing an anony­mous let­ter con­tain­ing a news­pa­per clip­ping and plac­ing signs with an of­fen­sive slo­gan on a bound­ary fence.

The of­fences took place be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2015, and May 29, 2016, and were said to have fol­lowed a fall­ing out within an ex­tended fam­ily cir­cle.

Sher­iff Taylor de­ferred sen­tence on these charges un­til Septem­ber 1, 2017, to get a re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der as­sess­ment.

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