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A 75-year-old man was caught with indecent images of children on his computer and appeared before Campbeltown Sheriff Court for sentencing last week.
David Bagnall, of Narrowfield Farm House, Campbeltown, pleaded guilty to the offence at a previous court appearance and appeared before Sheriff Patrick Hughes, who had called for a report on the man.
The offences took place between August 8 and August 11 this year at his home.
Bagnall’s defence agent said the man felt pressured during lockdown with family circumstances: ‘It was sheer folly on his part.’
Sheriff Hughes placed Bagnall on a community payback order where he must work with social workers on his own rehabilitation and carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work in the community within 12 months.
‘Any breach of this order and you will be brought back to court and you will face a custodial sentence,’ said Sheriff Hughes, who also ordered that Bagnall was not to have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16, or go to parks, playgrounds, schools, or any other place where children might be.
The sheriff also imposed strict restrictions on Bagnall’s internet use; the type of devices he could own, their registration with the police and the type of risk management software which should be installed.
Brandished a shillelagh
Noisy neighbours during lockdown drove a man to shout and brandish a shillelagh – a type of stick – at them, Campbeltown Sheriff Court heard last week.
Steven Andrew McPherson, aged 51, of 59 Kirk Street, Campbeltown, admitted disorderly conduct.
Procurator fiscal depute David Glancy said that McPherson took exception to the noise coming from the flat above and the offence ensued on June 24 this year.
Defence agent Stephen MacSporran said: ‘The flat above was being used as a party flat during lockdown. Mr McPherson was driven mad by the noise and apologises for his conduct.’
The shillelagh in question was a decorative one, the court was told, and had up until that point only been displayed on a wall.
Sheriff Hughes fined McPherson £150.
Non-harassment order issued
Sheriff Patrick Hughes imposed a non-harassment order on a 39-year-old man who sent ‘inappropriate’ text messages to a 14-year-old girl.
Andrew Nelson, of 1 Rhudal Cottages, Drumlemble, had previously admitted sending a quantity of messages between November 1 2018 and February 17 2019 for the purpose of humiliating, distressing or alarming the girl by repeatedly making inappropriate comments. The girl was 14 years old at the time.
Nelson told the police that the messages were not sexual.
Stephen MacSporran, defence agent for Nelson, said there had been no further contact and that Nelson apologised to the complainer for any distress.
As well as issuing the non-harassment order, Sheriff Hughes placed Nelson on a nine-month community payback order where he must work with his supervisor on the underlying causes of his offending behaviour.
Nelson must have no contact with under-18s without notifying his supervising officer, and conditions were imposed on the type of internet devices he could own which can access the internet.