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A 20-year-old man must do unpaid work in the community after assaulting a woman.
Blair McCallum of 71 Meadows Avenue, Campbeltown, had previously been found guilty of assaulting a woman by repeatedly punching her on her body causing her to fall against a parked car, to her injury.
He had denied the assault. At his trial in August he described the incident as normal drunken banter: ‘We were both shoving each other.’
He added that if he had punched her three times, as she said, the mark on her face would have been far larger.
McCallum said the woman drunkenly fell against the car injuring herself.
‘It was not a punch or slap,’ he said. ‘She tapped me on the face first and I tapped her back, that’s all.’
The incident happened on March 15 last year in Longrow, Campbeltown. The police officer who photographed the 21-year-old woman’s injuries said that the victim was visibly upset.
Sheriff Patrick Hughes previously called for a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment to be prepared on McCallum.
At the September sitting of the court, the sheriff placed McCallum on a community payback order where he must complete 180 hours’ unpaid work in the community within 12 months and be under the supervision of the social work department for the same period.
‘This was an appalling assault, and unprovoked,’ said the sheriff.