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Conon father 'assumed the worst' when partner got message from another man

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A father of two mistakenly thought his partner was having an affair when he discovered a message to her from another man.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that 32-year-old Ryan Morrison of Cherry Drive, Conon Bridge, confronted the woman as she was getting ready for work.

Morrison admitted acting in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting at her in their home on September 24 this year.

Fiscal depute Shamilah Ghafar told Sheriff Elidh Macdonald that Morrison's partner called her mother saying that he had "gone mental" and then contacted police when she got to work.

The prosecutor added that the woman was wanting a reconciliation.

Defence solicitor David Patterson said: "He had been in a relationship for 11 years and it was generally quite good although it had its ups and downs.

"This was one of its lowest points. She was acting off with him , she received a message and he assumed the worst. He lost his cool but it is not something he is known for.

"He read the situation completely wrong and he bitterly regrets it. He hasn't seen his family for some time as he was bailed to his mother's address in Nairn."

Sheriff Macdonald deferred sentence until June 6, 2024 for Morrison's good behaviour and lifted the bail condition preventing his return to the family home.

She added: "If you are of good behaviour, then I will treat you leniently. If not and there is a repeat of this kind of behaviour, then I won't."

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