Mull woman is given driving ban
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.