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Inverness Sheriff Court hears how man formerly from Kyle of Lochalsh put his brother in hospital following a fight.

By Ali Morrison

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A Kyle man got into a fight with his brother after returning to the family home in the wake of a relationship break-up.

James Joyce, now of Stanecastle Gate, Girdle Toll, Irvine, appeared from custody via video link at Inverness Sheriff Court last week.

He admitted a charge of behaving in a threatening manner and engaging in a fight with his sibling.

The incident took place in their mother's house in Plock Road, Kyle of Lochalsh on July 15 last year.

The court was told that Joyce had split up with his then partner and travelled north from Kirkcaldy – where he lived at the time – on July 14.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir said that the following day he went drinking and when he came back to the house he became involved in an argument with his brother.

"A fight ensued and the police were called," Mr Weir said.

"Joyce was ordered from the house by his mother and was arrested later that day."

Sheriff Sara Matheson said Joyce's brother required stitches to a wound above his left eyebrow and had swelling to his face as a result of the fight.

Defence solicitor advocate Shahid Latif said his client, who admitted previous convictions, had been in custody for 168 days.

He added that the relationship break-up led to further offending.

Sheriff Matheson jailed 31-year-old Joyce for seven months.

Because of the time he had already spent on remand in connection with the case, however, the sentence had already expired.

Joyce then made a separate private appearance at the same court, charged with committing indecent assaults.

He made no plea to those charged and was committed for further examination before being released on bail.

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