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Estimated £5000 damage to Strathconon-based winch in row over wages, Inverness Sheriff Court is told


By Court Reporter

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A BORDERS man who caused £5000 worth of damage to a winch in a forest at Strathconon claimed he was owed £400.

Gary Wright (34) of Eaglesfield, Lockerbie admitted between December 17 and 20, 2018 maliciously damaging the winch at Achcorachan.

Depute fiscal Iain Macdonald told Inverness Sheriff Court said the location of the offence was about 10 miles from Marybank accessible only via a dirt track.

He told Sheriff Iain Cruickshank there had been a falling out between Wright and the owner of the winch. "The accused was of the view he was due wages from the owner amounting to £400."

The owner went to the locus a couple of days after the incident and found windows, fuel pipes and an ignition box were smashed. Suspicion fell on the accused who accepted he caused the damaged estimated at £5000.

Sheriff Cruickshank said he would be minded to impose a compensation order and he needed to find out if the owner of the winch was covered by insurance and what it had cost him to correct the damage.

Sentence was deferred until November 5.



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