Farmer told to be of good behaviour

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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A farmer who was described in court as ‘a loner’ has been told he must be of good behaviour for nine months.

Fergus Wilkie, 55, of Crossibeg Farm, had previously admitted engaging in behaviour which caused a woman fear and alarm by loitering and following her outside her place of work and in a supermarket. The incidents happened between June 9 and 29 this year on streets in Campbeltown and in the Co-op.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes had asked for reports on Wilkie and when the case called again at Campbeltown last week he deferred sentence for nine months. The sheriff warned Wilkie: ‘You are to have no contact with the complainer; if you do it will result in a custodial sentence.’

Wilkie’s defence agent told the court: ‘There was nothing malicious; he has been described as a loner and someone who does not socialise.’

Sentence was deferred until June 25, 2020.