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Conon Bridge man threw wood at neighbours and spat in face of police officer, Highland court told

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Sara Matheson heard details of the case at Inverness Justice Centre.
Sheriff Sara Matheson heard details of the case at Inverness Justice Centre.

A neighbour dispute erupted when a Conon Bridge man tore a piece of wood from a fence he had been attacking and threw it at two people who had come to see what he was doing.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told 27-year-old James Stewart hit a man on the foot as he stood in Windsor Place at 12.15am on July 14, 2022.

Stewart admitted assault and abusive behaviour towards the pair.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Sara Matheson: "He was shouting and behaving in an angry manner and appeared to be attacking the garden fence.

"Neighbours asked what he was doing and he shouted and swore at the man and woman, saying things like: 'Get back in your house, bitch.'

"He also said: 'I will put the fence in a million bits' and 'I will tear your house to f...ing bits.'

"He tore a piece of wood from the fence and was remonstrating with it towards the pair, threw it and it hit the man on the foot.

"They returned to the house, locked the door and phoned the police," Mr Weir added.

Sheriff Matheson heard that Stewart was taken into custody later that day at Burnett Road Police Station.

Mr Weir went on: "A custody officer attended his cell to conduct a welfare check and he spat at her through the hatch, connecting with her face and eyes.

"She was upset but did not suffer any health issues."

Defence solicitor David Patterson asked the Sheriff to call for a background report on his client who will be sentenced on March 28.

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