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Cars and home damaged in Fort Augustus act of 'revenge'

By Gregor White

Sheriff Margaret Neilson.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson.

A GRIEVING widow exacted “revenge” on her neighbour who she had come to believe was her new boyfriend, a court has been told.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that when 52-year-old Beverley Mobsby learned that one of her friends was in a relationship with the man concerned, she damaged their cars and their home in Jenkins Park in Fort Augustus.

Her solicitor, Duncan Henderson, told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that his client had descended into taking drink and drugs after her husband died 13 months ago.

“She was struggling to deal with her loss and began to regard her neighbour as her boyfriend,” he said.

Fiscal depute David Morton described Mobsby’s campaign against the couple next door.

“On February 8, she threw rocks, a wooden log and other hard objects at their cars, causing a total of £550 worth of damage,” he told the court.

“On February 16, she went to their property again, having had a bail condition imposed not to enter Jenkins Park, and smashed a window.”

Mr Morton added that more stringent bail conditions had been imposed on Mobsby after that incident.

These, he said, directed her not to enter Fort Augustus or contact her neighbours.

However, he went on: “But on February 19, she was seen to approach their home.

“She picked up a large stone and threw it at their house, smashing a hall window.

“Then she used a block of wood to smash another three windows, including one in a conservatory.

“In total, the bill for the damage was £1000.”

He added: “After shouting, swearing and threatening the couple, she went into their shed where there were gas tanks kept.

“She was seen attempting to light a piece of paper and the police were called.

“She was remanded in custody.”

Mobsby sat sobbing in the dock as the details of the case were laid before the court.

Sheriff Neilson deferred sentence until April 12 for a background report. Mobsby was remanded in custody meantime.

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