‘I’m an idiot’ man tells police

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A man charged with threatening behaviour told police ‘I’m an idiot’, Oban Sheriff Court has heard.

Neil O’Hara, 42, of 11 Powell Place, Connel, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and acting aggressively, shouting, swearing and repeatedly striking a door at his partner’s home and uttering threats of violence on August 14 last year.

O’Hara was ‘aggressive’ from the outset the court heard. He came into the house shouting and making threats about a man that O’Hara’s partner took to be a man who lives nearby.

Police were contacted and O’Hara was taken into custody, questioned and charged. His reply to officers was just that ‘I’m an idiot’ said procurator fiscal David Glancy.

Roofer O’Hara had been in a relationship with his partner for five years but for the previous two-and-a-half years it had been ‘off and on’.

In O’Hara’s defence, the court last Monday was told how the incident was a ‘one-off isolated matter’ and was due to alcohol. He had no previous convictions and it was completely out of character. He has not drunk since and does not intend to.

The court also heard how O’Hara was ‘disgusted with what happened’ and wanted to apologise.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes continued O’Hara’s bail and deferred the case until October 7.