A man has appeared in Oban Sheriff Court accused of stalking a local councillor.
Kenneth McLennan, 69, of the Crannaig-a-Mhinister area of Oban, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him yesterday.
He is accused of engaging in a course of conduct which caused Julie McKenzie fear or alarm in that he did persistently and repeatedly contact her on social media, post pictures and comments on Facebook and either explicitly or by implication made reference to her in a derogatory demeaning manner.
The charge also alleges that he telephoned her late at night and repeatedly followed her. It is claimed that this behaviour took place between June 26, 2015, and August 25 this year.
The second charge is alleged to have taken place in Oban Sheriff Court’s public gallery on May 21.
McLennan is accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that he did direct a sexual gesture at Ms McKenzie who was attending court as a witness.
He was granted bail on the condition that he must not approach or contact the councillor and he must not make reference to her on social media.
Trial was fixed for December 18, with an earlier hearing to take place on December 4.