Dunoon teenager jailed

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A 19-year-old who assaulted two men in Oban and racially abused one of them, when he was 18, and failed to attend court three times, was jailed by a sheriff in Campbeltown.

Kevin Gunn of Flat 8, Church Street, Dunoon appeared from a month’s custody, for sentencing on Wednesday.

Earlier Gunn had pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to appear in court, an assault charge relating to an incident, at about midnight, in Stevenson Street, Oban on December 3 2016 and a further charge of racial abuse relating to the same incident.

During the assault Gunn knocked a man to the ground and kicked him on the head.

Gunn’s defence agent Stephen MacSporran said that the month spent in custody had been a sobering experience. Gunn’s employer has held his job open and he accepts that his behaviour was stupid.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes sentenced Gunn to six weeks for failing to attend court and told him: ‘You now have a custodial sentence and in future there will be no question of reports before sentence.’

On the assault charge Sheriff Hughes ordered Gunn to be supervised by the social work department for six months and carry out 144 hours of unpaid work. For the racial abuse charge the sheriff ordered Gunn to pay compensation to the victim of £100.