Rothesay barman was victim of racial abuse, court told

A Rothesay man directed racially-aggravated abuse towards a local publican after being told to leave the premises – from which he had been banned for three years.

Sean Devlin (25), whose address was given as 21 Westlands Road, was fined £150 at the town’s sheriff court on Monday after admitting behaving in a disorderly manner outside the Argyll Arms in Watergate and in a police vehicle en route to the town’s police station, shouting, swearing, uttering racial abuse and committing a breach of the peace.

The court heard the barman had told Devlin - who had been barred from the premises three years before - to leave as soon as he entered at around 8pm on February 17, and that Devlin had called the barman a “f*****g Irish b*****d” as he was being ushered out.

* Meanwhile, a Rothesay man who pointed a knife at a neighbour and made threatening remarks towards her was put on a 12-month supervision order on Monday.

James Wylie (59), whose address given as Flat 0/1, 6 Columshill Place, had been found guilty at an earlier hearing of behaving in a manner likely to cause fear and alarm at his home address on February 2; he was also fined £120.

* A Rothesay man accused of driving without due care and attention by mounting the kerb in Columshill Street to allow another vehicle to pass was found not guilty at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.

Chris Shelley (67), address given as 3 Mountstuart Road, had denied driving without consideration for other road users on October 18, 2012, and told the court he was simply “trying to be courteous”.

Sheriff Gillian Bryson said: “It seems to me that simply mounting a pavement to allow another car to pass does not always amount to careless driving.”

* More on these stories in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, May 23.