Jun 10 2011 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
AN AYR businessman was arrested and spent the night in a cell over allegations he abused his wife.
Kenny MacPherson, who owns several bars in the town, is accused of making threatening calls and leaving menacing voicemails on Yvonne MacPherson’s phone.
MacPherson appeared dishevelled when he stood in the dock at Ayr Sheriff Court, handcuffed to a reliance security officer.
The 46-year-old denied that on May 31 at Southpark Road in Ayr and elsewhere, he made phone calls and voicemails to Mrs MacPherson which were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene and menacing character in that he swore and uttered threats.
MacPherson pleaded not guilty to the charge.
His lawyer, Steven Maxwell, applied for bail on his behalf.
Sheriff John Montgomery allowed MacPherson his freedom but warned him to keep away from his wife.
He is not allowed to make contact with the woman or enter Southpark Road. It’s believed they have been separated for some time.
MacPherson owns Ayr bar Meridian and the Ayrshire and Galloway Hotel as well as Caprice in Ayr and Prestwick and buildings which were formerly the Waterfront in Ayr’s South Harbour Street and Xess nightclub in Nile Court.
The dad-of-two, who gave his address as Harper Croft in Dundonald, will be back in court next month.