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Inverness Sheriff Court hears alcohol led to Nairn father striking out with knife

By Staff Reporter

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A husband and father described as loving and caring has been ordered to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse after causing a disturbance at his Nairn home.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard Michael Kinnaird (49) was in the kitchen of the family home in Woodside Crescent, Nairn, on November 4 last year when he became agitated.

He picked up a knife and brandished it before striking the table and then a door.

Depute fiscal Fiona Murray said his family pleaded with him to put the knife down but he then grabbed a bowl, causing it to smash on the floor.

He admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and solicitor Claire Russell said it was clear alcohol was a factor in the case.

She said Kinnaird had abstained from alcohol since suffering a stroke in 2017 and had had to give up a grounds maintenance business due to his health but was now a health and safety manager.

At the time of the offence he was drinking again, she said, and was suffering poor mental health.

He had a similar conviction from some years ago.

He was described in background reports by social workers as a loving and caring father.

The court also heard he had been married for 16 years.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson placed him on supervision for a year and ordered him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

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