Man curses police families in tirade of abuse

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A man who launched a tirade of abuse on police officers saying he hoped their wives would die of cancer and their children hang themselves,  is due  back in court for sentencing today, March 12.

Ross Combe, now of 21A Corran Brae, Oban, admitted three charges of behaving in an abusive and threatening manner in the town over a three-hour period that lasted ‘pretty much without pause’,  starting at a newsagents and ending at the police station. The incidents happened on March 1.

Hearing the facts earlier this week, Oban Sheriff Patrick Hughes deferred sentencing so Combe’s newly given address at Corran Brae could be checked.

The 38-year-old had been in a newsagents just before 5pm on the day in question when he thought a man stocktaking in the shop was filming him. He started shouting and making threats before leaving. The worker was left so concerned about Combe’s behaviour that he contacted the police.

Combe then went to a pub and from the start was aggressive, he was heavily intoxicated the court heard. He turned his hostility on a customer and when the licensee arrived, he turned his aggression on her then left.

But he came back to the same pub later and there was more of the same behaviour in terms of his conduct. He was asked to leave and the police were called. Officers picked him up as he was staggering down George Street.

Procurator Fiscal David Glancy told how Combe was hostile to the officers and ‘did not go quietly’, shouting and swearing and directing a tirade of abuse at them saying ‘I hope your wives die of cancer and your children hang themselves’.

The court heard how alcohol had put Combe in this situation and he had ‘absolutely no recall of events’, but accepted full responsibility.

Combe, who is now on Pubwatch for six months, will also be sentenced today (March 12) for three other charges that he admitted back on December 17 last year, two were for threatening and abusive behaviour and the other involved a violent struggle.