Mull woman is given driv­ing ban

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A 27-year-old Mull woman is now banned from driv­ing for a year and un­der su­per­vi­sion for the next 18 months af­ter ap­pear­ing at Oban Sher­iff Court on Tues­day.

Made­line McCur­rach, of 4 The Vil­lage, Bunes­san, had pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner at a house nearby on November 24 last year, seiz­ing a man by the neck and kick­ing him, and at­tempt­ing to bite a po­lice of­fi­cer.

McCur­rach had pleaded not guilty to drink driv­ing while al­most three times over the le­gal limit, mea­sur­ing 140 mil­ligrammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of blood, when the limit is 50 mil­ligrammes.

The court had heard that she had gone to her late un­cle’s car­a­van and be­gan drink­ing heav­ily. She then went to a cou­ple’s home on the same croft and the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

At her trial, Sher­iff John Her­ald had said: ‘The ques­tion for me is the fact whether she parked the car when she was sober or she parked the car when she was drunk.’

Af­ter hear­ing the ev­i­dence, he found her guilty.

Dur­ing the trial, the sher­iff heard that McCur­rach had gone to sit in the car­a­van which had be­longed to her late un­cle. She said: ‘I wanted to sit in my un­cle’s car­a­van to drink al­co­hol. I sat lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, his old CDs.

‘I got re­ally drunk. I went out the car­a­van be­cause I wanted com­pany. I was very drunk.’

One of the wit­nesses at the house had said: ‘Maddy just came into the house drunk, ba­si­cally. I think she fell at the door. She had cider and Bud­weiser.’

Af­ter find­ing her guilty, Sher­iff Her­ald or­dered a re­port be pre­pared and af­ter study­ing this, he told McCur­rach her com­mu­nity pay­back or­der would have one con­di­tion: that she be su­per­vised for 18 months.

‘You will ben­e­fit from su­per­vi­sion, what used to be pro­ba­tion in my old days. Now they have fancy names for ev­ery­thing.’

She had been banned from driv­ing since her trial and the ban will run for 12 months.

Oban Sher­iff Court.

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