‘Axe and cut’ messages to ex-partner sees man fined

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An Oban man has been fined £150 for sending threatening emails to his former partner.

Malcolm MacColl, aged 51, of Flat A7 Airds Place, admitted that between July 13 and August 7, 2019, he sent emails which were grossly offensive in that he swore and uttered threats of violence.

The emails, sent after 2am, threatened his ex-partner causing her alarm, Procurator Fiscal David Glancy told Oban Sheriff Court on October 7.

Mr Glancy said the defendant had been in the habit of sending messages while under the influence of alcohol despite his former partner having taken steps to block him.

Mr Glancy said the email in July suggested he was nearby and threatened to kill her.

The email in August had said: ‘the first guy that f***ed with me got an axe in his head. You’re getting cut to bits – that’s a promise.’

His ex-partner reported the matter to police and provided copies of the emails to them.

When cautioned and charged, MacColl told officers: ‘No thanks,’ said Mr Glancy.

MacColl, who was not in court, was not represented by a solicitor at the hearing.

Mr Glancy said MacColl had been of good behaviour for an extensive period since and had a ‘lack of’ a criminal record.

There had been no application for a non-harassment order and Sheriff Patrick Hughes said he was satisfied the incidents did not indicate a protracted type of behaviour on behalf of MacColl.