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'Serial abuser' originally from Maryburgh and now living in Aberdeen ordered at Inverness Sheriff Court to attend domestic abuse programme after admitting two incident involving women


By Ali Morrison

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A man is to take part in a domestic abuse programme after offences involving women.

Stuart Johnstone (24) now of Menzies Road, Aberdeen, but formerly of Marybugh, was sentenced at Inverness Sheriff Court after admitting assaulting one woman and behaving in a threatening manner towards another.

Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood described him as “ a serial abuser” after seeing his previous convictions and hearing from fiscal depute Fiona Murray.

The court was told that on June 1, 2020, Johnstone and his then partner went to Dingwall to view a room to rent at a friend’s house.

Mrs Murray said Johnstone became agitated and later in the day, after sleeping, put his partner in a choke hold.

“He owed her a large sum of money and she was unhappy that he was not able to go to the bank,” she said.

“Johnstone pushed her to the ground, injuring her nose, mouth and fingers and then chased her out of the flat.

“He tried to punch her and then kicked her legs.

“Members of the public came to assist and the police were called.”

A second incident involving a new partner occurred in Dingwall on October 15 last year when Johnstone shouted at the woman and smashed a glass coffee table with a hockey stick.

He was placed under three years of social work supervision and had a non-harassment order imposed for the same period on the previous partner.



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