Sex offender guilty of threatening officer
A SEX offender who threatened to visit the home of a police officer, and shouted at her with her children in the street, has been fined £750.
Darren Napier, 28, now of 34 Angus Crescent, Fort William, pleaded not guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm, towards a female police officer on the offender management team while he was on bail.
Two occasions were cited: the first on April 22 this year at Oban police office when Napier threatened to attend the officer’s home address, and on May 3 when he shouted at her in the company of her children in Oban’s Station Square.
Oban Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday July 19 that Napier was subject to a sexual offences order and was managed in the Oban area by the female officer.
PC Beata Baldyga, on duty at Oban police office on April 22, said Napier came in to inform them he was going to stay at another address. She said: ‘I checked with a police officer and these were not part of the bail conditions.
‘He was concerned he had nowhere to go. He became agitated and angry. He said he would not leave the office until he got the answer he wanted.
‘He said: “I will go to [the female officer’s] house and sort it out with her. I told Darren Napier at no point should he go to [her] house.”
Defence agent Joanna Mortimer said: ‘It was not threatening enough for anything other than having a word with Mr Napier to tell him not to go to the house.’
A second witness, a taxi driver, told the court that on May 3 he was talking to Napier in Station Square when he saw the female officer walked past with an adult and three children. He said: ‘She looked back and something was said. Darren said: “I hope you are not discussing me in public.”
‘I did not feel it was right,’ the taxi driver said. ‘Darren should not have gone off at her when she had kids, young kids, with her. Her kids must have been alarmed. He did roar. He was a bit angry, but not aggressive. I have never known him to have an outburst like that.
‘He took his mobile phone out and said he would report her. I says: “For what?” I was under the impression she had done nothing. He thought she was looking back at him.’
The officer denied speaking about Napier in public.
The taxi driver added he saw the female officer at the esplanade: ‘I did check if she was okay. I stopped and asked her what that was about. I did not have a clue. She said [she] would have to report it in the morning because of her job.’
In the witness box, the officer told procurator fiscal Eoin McGinty she was concerned about her children following the incident at Oban police office, saying: ‘I thought, “Is he going to come to my house?” I called the office to say that I was not going to be at the house. There would be extra patrols in the area looking out for him.’
Asked what she saw and heard in Station Square 11 days later, she said: ‘As I walked past he shouted something. He was staring at me, laughing. I knew if I stopped the children would have to stop so I carried on. It is in the context of our dealings that it is alarming for me. It was not the first incident.’
Mr McGinty summed up: ‘In the context, it is intimidating to go to an off- duty officer’s home address and shout at her in the street. The accused would have been well aware that these were intimidating acts.’
Sheriff Patrick Hughes found Napier guilty and imposed a fine of £750.