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Glenelg crofter rapped by Highland sheriff over angry confrontation with neighbour over 'soiled' car incident


By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken: "The courts are here to deal with people who behave badly in the community. You do not have to go round and deal with it yourself."
Sheriff Gary Aitken: "The courts are here to deal with people who behave badly in the community. You do not have to go round and deal with it yourself."

A Wester Ross mountain rescue team member angrily confronted a relative who smeared his car in dog excrement, Inverness Sheriff Court was told.

In the dock was 59 year old Glenelg crofter Graham Mackenzie from Glen Beag who admitted behaving in a threatening manner and struggling with a woman.

Sheriff Gary Aitken was told that the incident happened on the afternoon of January 27, 2021 when Mackenzie stormed next door to confront the woman and her partner.

Fiscal depute Victoria Silver said that Mackenzie shouted: "What the f*** have you done to my car?" Ms Silver said his shouting and swearing continued, then he raised his hands and it was thought he was going to hit one of the women.

There was a struggle, Mackenzie swung his fist towards one of them but no contact was made and he made a comment about her sexual orientation.

Defence solicitor John MacColl told Sheriff Aitken that his client had never been in trouble before and was angry that his car had excrement inside and out.

Mr MacColl added: "That was the catalyst. He reported the matter to the police and the woman admitted responsibility. He acted in a manner which is totally out of character. He has been crofting there for many years and is a member of the local mountain rescue team.

"One of the women is a relative and she and her partner live in the neighbouring property", Mr MacColl added.

The court was not given any explanation why the soiling of the car was done.

Fining Mackenzie £560, Sheriff Aitken told him: "The courts are here to deal with people who behave badly in the community. You do not have to go round and deal with it yourself."


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