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Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A Bon­hill man left his el­derly fa­ther with a bloody nose dur­ing a drunken fight while he was sup­posed to be car­ing for him.

James McArthur, of Golfhill Drive, left his 78-year-old fa­ther with a blood all over his face and jumper fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on May 14 this year.

The 54-year-old was drunk and be­came im­pa­tient with his el­derly fa­ther — whom he cares for — and pushed him into the kitchen door frame where he struck his face.

McArthur was in the dock at Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court last week where it was heard po­lice forced en­try into the house on Leven Court, Dum­bar­ton af­ter they were con­cerned about sounds of dis­tress com­ing from in­side.

De­pute fis­cal Craig Wain­wright said: “The ac­cused and his 78-yearold fa­ther were stand­ing in the hall­way and stated they had not heard the po­lice pres­ence.

“His fa­ther was ob­served to have a bloody nose and the ac­cused was ob­served to have a blood stained T-shirt.

“A blood stained jumper was also found and iden­ti­fied to be­long to his fa­ther. The ac­cused had pushed his fa­ther on the back caus­ing him to strike his face on the door frame in the kitchen.”

McArthur ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing his fa­ther by push­ing him on the body, caus­ing him to fall and strike his head to his in­jury.

He also ad­mit­ted act­ing ag­gres­sively and ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer while in ex­e­cu­tion of his duty by try­ing to push him while be­ing led out of the prop­erty.

De­fend­ing, Tom Brown said McArther’s on­go­ing is­sue with al­co­hol had led to the of­fence.

He said: “He had al­ways stayed with his fa­ther. It is quite clear that drink played its part in this of­fence.

“He is do­ing some­thing about it and he is at­tend­ing DACA.

“He makes no ex­cuses. He is to­tally ashamed.”

Sher­iff Wil­liam Gal­lacher said: “Be­ing a man of ma­ture years, it is un­for­tu­nate that while you were duty bound to pro­vide care for your fa­ther you acted in a man­ner you should not have to­wards some­one you should have re­spect for.”

McArthur was placed un­der su­per­vi­sion for one year.

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