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Dingwall loud music man hits a bum note with Highland sheriff as jail warning sounded over threat to police

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Sara Matheson told Simpson: 'If I see you again, it is going to be a custodial sentence.'
Sheriff Sara Matheson told Simpson: 'If I see you again, it is going to be a custodial sentence.'

Police officers were threatened with violence when they attended at a Highland property late one October evening and told the occupant to turn his loud music down.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that 26-year-old Ryan Simpson, now Macrae Crescent Dingwall but then of Wades Circle, Inverness, appeared under the influence and he told them to "f... off. It is my house."

Fiscal depute Emily Hood said Simpson then hurled insults at the officers , threatening to break the jaw of one as well as making other threats.

Simpson, now of Macrae Crescent, Dingwall, was arrested.

"While in the police van en route to Burnett Road Police Station on October 6 last year, he was spitting continuously and head-butting the wall of the vehicle. He also threatened to urinate and defecate in it," Ms Hood told Sheriff Sara Matheson.

Defence solicitor Graham Mann said his client had been diagnosed with a mental health condition for which he was prescribed medication but he had not been taking it at the time of the offence.

Simpson admitted threatening or abusive behaviour.

Mr Mann added: "He is currently on supervised bail and is doing well. He also plans on taking an induction course for off-shore work which he has done successfully before.

"Considering his recent slow-down of offending, there may be an alternative to custody here. He is trying to get himself out of this type of offending."

Sheriff Matheson deferred sentence for a background report but warned him he was facing a prison sentence.

She told Simpson: "What I am looking for is signs that you are growing up, getting on the right path and sorting yourself out."

However after reading the report and hearing from Mr Mann again, she decided against jailing Simpson.

Instead, she ordered him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and placed him under 18 months of social work supervision.

But she repeated her warning: "If I see you again, it is going to be a custodial sentence."

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