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Sentence deferred on Alness woman who racially abused and assaulted taxi driver

By Ali Morrison

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A taxi driver was called an offensive name by a drunk Alness woman who had fallen out with an intoxicated friend in the vehicle.

Jessica Crawford of Burnside, Alness had asked for her and her pal to be taken to Conon but then there was a row between the pair.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that the driver asked them to leave his cab but she refused and shouted racial abuse at him, including using the "N" word.

Then she struck the driver in the face. "She was pushed away and police were called. Crawford was traced to Bar One nearby." fiscal depute Sharon Ralph said.

Crawford admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner and assault committed in Inverness's Academy Street on December 22, 2021.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson called for a background report and deferred sentence until February 17.

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