Man fined £100 after shouting and swearing while on Mull

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A man has been fined £100 for shouting and swearing while on Mull.

Ryan Dow, 23, of 16 Tulloch Road, Blair Atholl, pleaded not guilty to the charge of acting in an abusive manner by swearing and uttering abusive remarks, causing another to suffer fear or alarm.

However, after a trial at Oban Sheriff Court on Monday February 24, Sheriff Patrick Hughes found Dow guilty.

The court heard from witnesses that they came across a car stuck on a verge on a corner on the B8073 road on Mull on October 12, 2019.

When they stopped to offer help, they said they witnessed Dow trying to push the car back on the road, while shouting and swearing at the female driver, who looked distressed.

After working together to get the car back on the road, a witness then watched the car drive a short distance, before spotting Dow falling out of the car, which he said was due to the door not being shut properly.

After emergency services were called, Dow was then charged, but it was Dow’s and the victim’s position that his shouting and swearing was not directed to anyone in particular, but rather at the situation.

Procurator fiscal, David Glancy, said the two witnesses who came to help were ‘absolutely and entirely reliable with their recollection of events’.

‘It was put to them that this was directed at the situation itself and they were quite robust in their refutal of that.’

Dow’s solicitor, Kevin McGinness said that witnesses concluded that because the victim looked distressed they thought his behaviour was directed towards her.

However, Mr McGinness said: ‘She said she was distressed because of the car going off the road,’ and added: ‘It was not attributable to the behaviour of Ryan Dow.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes found the witnesses to be compelling and said: ‘I trust their assessment of the situation,’ before finding Dow guilty.