Taynuilt farmer guilty of assault on ex-part­ner

The Oban Times - - News -

A TAYNUILT farmer has been found guilty un­der provo­ca­tion of an assault on his ex-part­ner.

Jonathan Macken­zie, 22, of 2 Brenva Cot­tages, Taynuilt, de­nied as­sault­ing his for­mer parter at an Oban ad­dress on May 1 to her in­jury.

The woman told Oban Sher­iff Court on Au­gust 2 an ar­gu­ment de­vel­oped af­ter she had called Macken­zie ‘prob­a­bly about five times’ that day, and it es­ca­lated when he and his brother came into her kitchen.

She told the court: ‘[Jonathan] kept get­ting closer and closer. I felt like he was in­tim­i­dat­ing me. I was shout­ing, “Please get out! Leave me alone!” I was scared.

‘All I felt was him grab­bing my arms. He put his hand over my mouth and nose and would not let go. I felt like I could not breath. He was hold­ing both my arms with one of his hands. I am just un­der five foot. I felt like my feet were com­ing off the floor. I could not get him off me.

[His brother] said, “****’s sake, Jonny” and pulled him back.

‘I had bruis­ing up my arms and on my wrist.’

De­fence agent Ed­ward Thorn­ton pro­duced Macken­zie’s mo­bile phone records.

‘There were a to­tal of 93 phone calls. That would sug­gest you were out of con­trol,’ he said.

She replied: ‘ He hurt me. He hurt me for so long. We were both as hor­ri­ble to each other. I was an­gry and up­set.’

Macken­zie’s brother also gave ev­i­dence.

He said: ‘There was a wee kind of fight. She hit him first. It was a punch. Jonny grabbed her face, then grabbed her arms to re­strain her.’

He de­nied pulling Macken­zie off.

Macken­zie said: ‘She turned af­ter she hit me, she grabbed the ob­ject from the kitchen counter and swung towards me, so I grabbed her wrists. At the time I did not know it was a phone.’

District procu­ra­tor fis­cal Laura Mun­dell said: ‘You are us­ing this as an ex­cuse for your assault.’

‘No,’ Macken­zie replied. ‘This is not cor­rect.’

Mrs Mun­dell asked: ‘In his own words, Christo­pher said, “Jonny grabbed her face.” Who is telling lies here?’

Macken­zie said: ‘I did not grab her by the face. I grabbed her wrists.’

Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes passed a ver­dict of guilty with provo­ca­tion.’

He de­ferred sen­tence un­til Au­gust 30 for re­ports.

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