Man spat on woman’s face in ‘disgusting incident’

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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A man who twice spat on a woman’s face during an argument is ‘disgusted with himself’, Campbeltown Sheriff Court heard last week.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes was presented with a criminal justice social work report on Neil Johnstone, who had previously admitted assaulting his partner by repeatedly spitting on her and pushing her against a wall.

Johnstone, aged 31, of 6 Millers Park, Campbeltown, was at his ex-partner’s home in the town, visiting his children, when an argument began which led to the assault on November 28 last year.

Defence agent Stephen MacSporran told the sheriff: ‘The report is a good read, he takes full responsibility for his actions, he was intoxicated at the time of the offence.

‘He is disgusted with himself. He is no longer in the relationship; matters have been brought to a completion.’

Sheriff Hughes said that not only was the incident disgusting, but also children witnessed it, ‘something that will go with them into their adult lives’.

He placed Johnstone on a community payback order where he must work with a supervising officer for 12 months on his rehabilitation and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work within 15 months.

The sheriff also issued a non-harassment order for two years, prohibiting Johnstone from contacting his former partner.

‘This is a direct alternative to custody; if not complied with, you will be brought back to court and you can expect a jail sentence,’ the sheriff said.