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A Stornoway man has been cleared of assaulting an islander by throwing him down a flight of stairs.

Steven Ogilive was found not guilty after his lawyer argued there was no case to answer during a jury trial at Stornoway Sheriff Court.

Ogilive was accused of punching the man on the head, causing him to fall and lose consciousness, repeatedly punch and kick him on head and body. It was alleged the man hit a wall at the bottom after being thrown down the stairs and then pushed out the front door. He was hurt and permanently disfigured.

Following the prosecution evidence, solicitor Angus Macdonald said there was not enough evidence before the court to convict his client who denied the charge.

In court the injured man had a “very vague recollection” of being in the flat in Stornoway summarised Sheriff David Sutherland.

There was three of them present but the man said he could not remember the full details of the incident.

He recalled being hit several times but was “blank” as to who attacked him.

The third person said she could not really remember going to the flat said the sheriff who upheld the lawyer’s submission.

Islander acquitted of serious assault  

25 January 2018