Deferred sentence for man who acted aggressively

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A man who behaved aggressively towards a woman has had his sentence deferred for five months.

Appearing at Campbeltown Sheriff Court on Thursday August 22, Ian Keyte, 34, of 2 Isle View, Machrihanish, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly shouting and swearing at the woman, placing her in a state of fear and alarm on July 15 this year.

Procurator fiscal depute Eoin McGinty told the court the man and woman began drinking together at 10am but at 4pm Keyte’s behaviour changed and he starting shouting, swearing and calling her names. This went on for some time, during which a neighbour heard shouting and banging.

At 6.20pm, the woman asked her daughter to phone the police. Officers arrived and found the woman in a ‘distressed’ state.

Kayte, who has no previous convictions, was arrested and in his police interview, his position was that he had drunk so much alcohol that he ‘couldn’t really remember’ what had happened, adding: ‘I never meant any nastiness’.

Defence agent Stephen MacSporran said his client ‘severely apologises for his actions’, adding: ‘He has no contact with the woman and he wants to move on with his life.’

Deferring sentence until January 9, 2020, for Keyte to be of good behaviour, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘The appropriate way forward here is to defer sentence to prove that this is a one-off incident.’