Man used scaffolding to keep himself upright.

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Police were called to Miller Road, Oban, and found a man so incapable that he was clinging onto scaffolding at a property.

‘Scaffolding workers were trying to usher him away,’ procurator fiscal James Dunbar told Oban Sheriff Court last week.

Gavin MacColl, aged 39, of  Flat 1 West Bay Flats, Oban, admitted breaching the peace by shouting, swearing and uttering sectarian remarks, and also assaulting two police officers in the execution of their duty.

The incident took place at lunchtime on October 30, 2020, as children were returning to Oban High School. MacColl became aggressive towards the officers and repeatedly attempted to spit at them.

‘Officers took him to the ground and he repeatedly shouted ‘Catholic bastards’, the fiscal said. McColl continued to spit and was placed in a spit hood.

His defence agent said McColl had undergone rehab treatment but had relapsed on this occasion.

‘His behaviour was very bad and he accepts full responsibility,’ said Ruben Murdanigum.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes noted that the incident happened near to the high school and was witnessed by children.

He said: ‘Spitting was an inherently disgusting act especially at a time when this troubling disease is running through the country.’

Sheriff Hughes fined him a total of £960 with a victim surcharge of £40.

‘This is a direct alternative to custody. Miss one payment and you will go directly to jail,’ Sheriff Hughes said.