Man admits assault and running from police in Oban

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A 23-year-old man from Mull has admitted assaulting another man and attempting to evade arrest.

Darren Craig Clark of 10 Mill Brae, Bunessan, pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared in Oban Sheriff Court on Monday February 24.

Procurator fiscal, David Glancy, told the court that police officers were watching CCTV at around 1.30am on September 14 last year when they noticed an altercation between Clark and another man in George Street, Oban.

The footage showed the accused ‘repeatedly punching the accused and then kicking him’.

Officers then made their way to the scene and spoke to Clark, however, when they told him he was being arrested, he ‘ran for it’, heading in the direction towards station square.

‘He got across the road and tripped over a bench and that stopped the flight,’ Mr Glancy added.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution, before being taken into custody and being cautioned and charged.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes deferred the matter for reports until April 25, when mitigation will also be heard.

Sheriff Hughes said: ‘This is a serious matter and more serious because of your previous convictions. This is a case where the court will consider a custodial sentence.’