Deferred sentence for offensive text man

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A Lancashire man who settled in Tarbert, midway through walking the coastline of Britain, to conquer his post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has admitted behaving in an abusive manner towards a woman.

Samuel Gerald Max Doyle, 32, of 23 Oakhill, Tarbert, represented himself at Campbeltown Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to punching holes in a wall, shouting and swearing, and smashing a guitar in front of the woman at a Tarbert address on February 25.

He also admitted sending a text message to her which was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, in which he swore and made derogatory remarks about her.

Procurator fiscal depute Eoin McGinty said that Doyle arrived at the house drunk and had an argument with the woman before falling asleep. He woke up, became argumentative again and began to punch holes in the wall.

The following morning the woman challenged him about his behaviour and he called her a ‘horrible c***’ and a ‘s***’ before leaving the house, telling her he was going to harm himself.

Mr McGinty said that more out of concern for Doyle’s welfare than his abusive behaviour, the woman phoned the police.

She showed officers a text message that Doyle sent her, in which he again called her a ‘horrible c***’.

Doyle admitted sending the text and said that he was ‘stressed out’.

He told the court that he ‘deeply regrets’ his actions and said that he has been receiving help for his PTSD and issues with alcohol.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes deferred sentence for four months for Doyle, who has no previous convictions, to be of good behaviour.