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A man living on Islay was fined £300 after tensions boiled over.

David Foley, aged 42, of The Inns, Main Street, Bowmore, was not present in court last week but had admitted being threatening and abusive, shouting, swearing, uttering threats and challenging others to fight and to also brandishing two golf clubs.

Procurator fiscal depute David Glancy said that there were issues between Foley’s family and locals.

‘This has been simmering for some time. This provides the background to what happened on the night in question,’ he said.

A brief phone camera video showed Foley, with two golf clubs, standing in the street shouting at someone. The incident took place on December 14 last year in The Square, Bowmore.

During the 45-second clip, both parties managed to shout a considerable amount of obscenities at each other.

‘It gives a flavour of what was happening,’ said the fiscal.

Defence agent Stephen MacSporran said: ‘The incident occurred during ongoing antagonisation by locals.

‘This has never happened before and Mr Foley has no previous convictions. He is a good man.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said that notwithstanding Foley’s good character and ‘outstanding character reference’ from his employer, he would be fined £300.