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Wester Ross couple's 'tit for tat' row in Lochcarron results in court appearance and fine

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken.
Sheriff Gary Aitken.

An argument ensued when a Wester Ross man tried to prevent his partner from driving her car after drinking alcohol.

But it spilled over to the outside of the property occupied by 43-year-old Rob Munro at Kirkton Gardens, Lochcarron when the woman locked him out, grabbed her belongings and tried to enter her vehicle.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that there was a struggle between them and she kicked Munro.

Procurator fiscal Sharon Ralph told Sheriff Gary Aitken: "It was tit for tat."

Mrs Ralph said that the couple fell out on July 16 this year after she returned from comforting a friend who had suffered a bereavement and she was drinking wine when he wasn't,

"She was making a Sunday roast and there was more for her friends which she wanted taken down to her friend's house nearby."

Mrs Ralph added that Munro criticised her cooking but later delivered the food.

"On his return, she was talking on the phone to her sister and he didn't like it, was banging doors and swore at her. She said she was going to leave. She locked him out so she could gather her possessions. He began banging on windows and doors to get in," Mrs Ralph continued.

Defending, John MacColl said: "Both had a quantity of alcohol that day and she said that she was going to leave in her car. He didn't want her to because she had taken alcohol."

Munro admitted threatening or abusive behaviour and was fined £600. Sheriff Aitken declined to impose a non-harassment order preventing contact between the pair.

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