Sex of­fender guilty of threat­en­ing of­fi­cer

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.

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