Lockdown to blame for domestic abuse case, court told

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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Campbeltown Sheriff Court heard of a case of domestic abuse which happened during the Covid lockdown.

Alfie George Leary, aged 32, now living in Orpington, Kent, admitted that he had acted in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting and swearing at his partner. He was not present in court last week but represented by an agent.

Leary and his wife were in Carradale at the time and ‘had a barbecue, trying to ameliorate some of the tension building in the relationship due to the pandemic’. He went on to drink too much.

‘Very heavily intoxicated, he was swearing and his partner was frightened by this conduct,’ said David Glancy, procurator fiscal depute. She contacted her father. The police were called.

Defence agent, Ruben Murdanaigum said that the events of April 21 at the log cabins at Carradale, were completely out of character for Leary, ‘and caused by financial pressures on the family due to lockdown’.

He added: ‘He does not normally drink to excess.’

The couple have since moved south to live in England.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes fined Leary £120 and ordered him to pay a £10 victim surcharge.

‘I am satisfied there is no need for a non-harassment order,’ said the sheriff.