Call for reports after abusive messages

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.
Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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A woman woke to find messages and texts on her mobile phone that were both threatening and abusive, Campbeltown Sheriff Court heard last week.

They had been sent during the night before, on January 8, to the woman who lives in the Tarbert area, by her former partner, Samuel Doyle, aged 38, of 25 Sutra Place, Cranhill.

Procurator fiscal depute James Dunbar said there were voice messages and 20 text messages and that the Crown was seeking a non-harassment order.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes called for a Criminal Justice Social Work Report and a Restriction of Liberty Order Assessment.

Doyle’s defence agent Marc Waters said that his client suffered from poor mental health.

Sheriff Hughes called it ‘a serious and disturbing matter’ and ordered that Doyle was not to enter Argyll and Bute, unless it was to attend court.

‘You must co-operate with the making of these reports,’ he told Doyle, adding that he did not rule out a custodial sentence.

The case will be before the court again on September 15.