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Drug addict given one last chance at Inverness Sheriff Court after concerns raised over his commitment to treatment

By Ali Morrison

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The Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.
The Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.

A sheriff gave a drug addict one last chance to beat his addiction after being told he wanted to give up drugs.

But social workers had expressed concerns about Daniel McCafferty’s commitment to the strict regime of a drug treatment and testing order (DTTO) and deemed him unsuitable for such a court instruction. However, they suggested an alternative to custody also urged by defence solicitor Willie Young to Sheriff Gary Aitken who agreed to place McCafferty (31) under two years supervision and to take treatment for drugs.

Sentence had previously been deferred on McCafferty, of Galloway Drive, Inverness, for a DTTO assessment but he failed to turn up on at least one occasion and was late for another appointment.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of threatening behaviour, assaulting a retail worker and two breaches of bail.

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