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Breach bail of homeless man seeking nail clippers at address in Beauly ends with time behind bars

By Hector MacKenzie

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George Wright had previously admitted a bail breach by going to a house in the village because he wanted to cut his nails.

He had been banned from visiting it by the bail order.

But he went there on June 1 this year to collect some of his belongings, including a pair of nail clippers.

The court heard that he told his solicitor, John MacColl: "How else am I supposed to cut my nails."

Wright had pleaded not guilty to going to the house on May 29 and shouting and swearing at the occupant. The bail order was imposed for this and he was due to stand trial on Friday.

But he changed his plea to guilty before any witnesses were cited.

Fiscal depute Rowena Carlton told the court: "He had been drinking Buckfast and was asked to leave. He returned and couldn't get in. He banged his head three or four times on the door causing it to bleed and made threats to the occupant."

Defence solicitor John MacColl said: "It is accepted that a non-custodial sentence would not be appropriate as he has breached a community payback order. He lacks comprehension to be able to stick to one."

Sheriff Sara Matheson read background reports before moving to sentence.

She told Wright: "They make sad reading. You have not had chances in life but you can't behave in this way."

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