Oban court orders man to pay £1,000

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A 22-year-old man from Campbeltown will have to cough up £1,000 after threatening to disclose intimate images.

Daniel Docherty of Flat 1 Fleming’s Land, Castle Hill, Campbeltown, was found guilty of uttering threats to distribute photographs and a video of a sexual nature with the intention of causing fear, alarm, or distress.

After a trial in Campbeltown on May 29, this year, Docherty was sentenced at Oban Sheriff Court on July 30.

In Docherty’s defence, his solicitor stated that although he maintains his innocence, he was aware of the seriousness of the offence and the impact of cases like this.

Sheriff John Herald ordered him to pay a total of £1,000 – £700 in fines, and £300 in compensation orders, £150 to each of the victims.

Sheriff Herald said: ‘What concerns me is you took this as a joke. It is no joke for the two young women who had to come in to court and had to answer some personal questions – you just sat there and grinned.

‘I seriously considered whether you should go to prison. I then thought perhaps there was an alternative.’

Sheriff Herald said that, with hesitation, he would deal with the offences by way of a fine and compensation order.