Oban man’s ‘disturbing’ assaults

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A man who assaulted two people in ‘disturbing’ unprovoked incidents in Oban town centre has been fined £900.

Daniel Brandon Torrie, aged 21, of Connel Road, Oban, pled guilty at a court hearing in September to two charges of assault which happened on November 22, 2019, and June 24, 2020.

That hearing was adjourned for reports with Sheriff Patrick Hughes, who told Torrie at the time that the incidents ‘met the threshold of custody’ and were ‘deeply concerning’.

Appearing at Oban Sheriff Court for sentencing on Wednesday November 4, Torrie was told the assault in November last year was ‘wholly unprovoked’.

It took place near 111 George Street on a 46-year-old male visitor from overseas who just happened to be walking through the area shortly after Torrie had been asked to leave Coasters.

The assault in June took place in Craigard Road, Oban, at 6.50pm and was a case of ‘mistaken identity’ on the accused’s part, the court was told.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes told Torrie that the level of violence involved had been particularly ‘disturbing’.

He added that the assault on the visitor to Oban must have been a ‘horrific experience’ for someone visiting the country, but he was prepared to regard the incidents as a one-off.

However, the Sheriff said he expected the incidents not to be repeated and imposed fines of £300 and £600 respectively to be paid at £50 per month.

Kevin McGinness, representing, said that Torrie, who worked on a fishing boat had fully accepted the findings of the reports and had taken full responsibility for both incidents.

His client had had a very ‘unsettled’ childhood and had come to reside in the area with his grandparents, said Mr McGinness.

He was regarded as a ‘low risk’ of reoffending, he added.