Man jailed for at­tack on for­mer girl­friend

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AN EAST Loth­ian man was jailed for five months on Tues­day for as­sault­ing his ex-part­ner in an Oban ho­tel, be­fore threat­en­ing to throw him­self off a pier, wast­ing hours of the emer­gency ser­vices’ time.

Ryan Gil­lies, 20, of 41 Muir­field Gar­dens, Gul­lane, pleaded guilty to be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or ag­gres­sive man­ner at the Oban ho­tel on Septem­ber 20, 2017, by shout­ing and swear­ing at his for­mer part­ner, call­ing her deroga­tory names, rip­ping his shirt, punch­ing a wall, threat­en­ing to harm him­self, pre­vent­ing her from leav­ing and of as­sault­ing her by push­ing her onto a bed and re­peat­edly slap­ping her.

He also ad­mit­ted then re­peat­edly threat­en­ing to jump from the pier, shout­ing and swear­ing, and caus­ing the at­ten­dance of the fire, am­bu­lance and po­lice ser­vices and the Coast­guard while ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tin­ued for a pro­longed pe­riod, all while he was on bail.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told Oban Sher­iff Court that Gil­lies sat on the pier with his legs dan­gling off the edge and said, ‘I have 12 cans in this bag and I will go down like an an­chor’.

‘The po­lice sat for two and a half hours in ne­go­ti­a­tion,’ Mr McGinty added. ‘He was less than co­op­er­a­tive.’

De­fence agent An­gela Craig said: ‘He had con­sumed far, far too much to drink. There is quite a lot of pres­sure on him to show he has learned from his pre­vi­ous mis­takes.’

Sher­iff John Her­ald said Gil­lies’s ‘fairly sub­stan­tial’ record was ‘ap­palling for some­one aged 20’. ‘How you have avoided a cus­to­dial sen­tence un­til now, I do not know,’ he said, ‘You will not avoid it today.’

Sher­iff Her­ald sen­tenced Gil­lies to three months each for the first and se­cond charges, and five months for wast­ing the emer­gency ser­vices’ time. ‘For over two hours they would not have been avail­able for any other in­ci­dent,’ he said.

The sen­tences are to run con­cur­rently.

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