Kintyre man given 150 hours unpaid work for abusive behaviour

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A Kintyre man must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community as part of a 12-month-long community payback order.

John McVicar, aged 46, of 17 Bayview, Machrihanish, had pleaded guilty previously to threatening and abusive behaviour likely to cause fear and alarm by shouting, swearing, uttering offensive remarks, repeatedly striking doors and windows and demanding entry. He also admitted possessing cocaine; both offences occurred on June 28 this year at an address in Kintyre.

McVicar appeared before Sheriff Patrick Hughes at Campbeltown Sheriff Court on Wednesday August 21 when procurator fiscal Eoin McGinty described events leading to McVicar’s arrest: ‘When arrested and charged he made no comment about the domestic incident but accepted ownership of the drugs.’

Sheriff Hughes called for reports to be prepared on McVicar. The case called again on September 19 when Sheriff Hughes was told by the defence agent that McVicar ‘does accept his responsibility for what occurred’.

The sheriff said that after reading the reports he was sentencing McVicar to a community-based disposal which included supervision by a social worker for 12 months during which time McVicar was ordered to attend appointments with his supervising officer and work towards his rehabilitation and complete the unpaid work.