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Sentence deferred on 'vulnerable' Muir man who assaulted partner

By Ali Morrison

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A former soldier who served in Northern Ireland had a "traumatic experience" there and has not recovered since, Inverness Sheriff Court was told.

Defence solicitor advocate Mike Chapman said his 45-year-old client, Stuart Charlton of Balvraid Terrace, Muir of Ord, was "vulnerable" and needed help following his tour of duty.

Charlton admitted assaulting his partner in his home on February 28 this year after an argument there in the early hours of the morning by seizing hold of her and pushing her on to a bed.

Mr Chapman went on: "Both are described as vulnerable and the relationship can't continue. He has struggled with life's challenges and he will benefit from social work intervention."

Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald agreed and deferred sentence on Charlton for four months until September 9 for social workers to assist the ex military man.

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