Deferred sentence

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A Campbeltown man who repeatedly refused to leave a woman’s house after entering uninvited appeared in the sheriff court last Thursday.

Stephen McCosker, 43, of 13 Kirk Street, previously pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour concerning the incident on New Year’s day.

Procurator fiscal depute Eoin McGinty told the court McCosker was heavily under the influence of alcohol when he went to the complainer’s house. She later asked her son to dial 999.

In mitigation, defence solicitor Stephen MacSporran said McCosker had been to a charity swim earlier in the day and had drunk a lot of alcohol at the sailing club afterwards.

Mr MacSporran said: ‘He would be more than happy to do unpaid work and could afford a fine at £20 a month.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said the complainer has to have some protection from McCosker and added: ‘I am struggling to see any alternative to custody.’

The sheriff deffered sentence for a further four weeks for background reports. He asked for details of McCosker’s previous record in Ireland to be included.

Sheriff Hughes said: ‘If you are to avoid custody in this matter you must follow the bail conditions.’