Father given ‘behind bars’ warning

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A father-of-four has been warned he will end up behind bars if his ‘unacceptable’ behaviour continues.

Alan MacCuish, 27, of 43 Lochnell Road, Dunbeg, appeared at Oban Sheriff Court on Wednesday December 16 and was fined £250 plus a victim surcharge of £20 after pleading guilty to shouting and swearing and causing distress at the family home on Saturday December 5 this year.

The court heard how an argument broke out after MacCuish’s wife and her mother came home to find he had been drinking.

Procurator Fiscal David Glancy said MacCuish was ‘acting strangely’ and his speech was slurred. He started to shout at the complainer and invade her body space. He was asked to leave but refused, continuing to shout and swear.

He then left on his own volition with the complainer locking him out and dialling 999, the court was told.

Police arrived to find the family in distress, officers traced him nearby and arrested him.

Jane McLaren, representing MacCuish, said: ‘He had been drinking that afternoon and that led to the argument. He apologises for that.’

Summing up Sheriff Simon Fraser told MacCuish: ‘This is completely unacceptable behaviour. This is your second conviction for this kind of thing. Continue to do it and you will undoubtedly end up behind bars.’