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Ross girls threat cops sentenced


By SPP Reporter


Robert Ovenstone was ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community. Picture: Bobby Nelson.
Robert Ovenstone was ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community. Picture: Bobby Nelson.

TWO Ross-shire police officers who drove two teenage girls to a farm and threatened them have been sentenced today (Tuesday) at Tain Sheriff Court.

Robert Ovenstone (32) was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work when he appeared before Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist.

His co-accused, 31-year-old Stuart Kelman, was fined £1,500.

The court heard earlier that the girls were handcuffed and driven to a farmyard near Invergordon by Ovenstone and Kelman.

Both had earlier admitted behaving in a threatening manner towards the teenagers.

Ovenstone had also admitted forcing the girls to walk through manure without shoes on, and behaving in a threatening manner towards a young boy.

A charge of abducting the girls was dropped by the Crown.

The court earlier heard how the two constables had been called out to attend a disturbance at an Easter Ross residential care home in July 2011.

Stuart Kelman was fined £1,500. Picture: Bobby Nelson.
Stuart Kelman was fined £1,500. Picture: Bobby Nelson.

Ovenstone had decided to deal with the matter by "old-fashioned policing".

Sheriff Gilchrist told Ovenstone, who has resigned from the police: "It is worrying and astonishing that a police officer could be so lacking in judgement."

The court had earlier heard that Kelman, who remains suspended by the force, had told Ovenstone "that’s enough" when the girls were told to walk through the manure.

Sentencing Kelman, the Sheriff told him his role was a matter of omission rather than commission.

But he said Kelman had shown character by reporting the matter.



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