Home   News   Article

'He is no longer thinking about drugs' hears Inverness sheriff as she jails man for four months

By Ali Morrison

Register for free to read more of the latest local news. It's easy and will only take a moment.

Click here to sign up to our free newsletters!
Sheriff Sara Matheson heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Sara Matheson heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A 33-year-old Inverness man who failed to complete two drug treatment and testing orders imposed for a series of offences, has managed to give up drugs while on remand.

Billy Hunter's solicitor, Rory Gowans told Sheriff Sara Matheson when his client appeared before her at Inverness Sheriff Court on breaches of the orders: "Being on remand has done him the world of good.

"He is looking as good as I have seen him, he is eating again and is free from drugs.

"He is no longer thinking about drugs but about his family and how he has let them down. He has been clean from heroin for two years but had a problem for many years with valium."

Hunter, of St Valery Avenue, had been placed on the orders after admitting several crimes committed over the last five years.

He stole a wallet and cash from a locker at Inverness Leisure on October 15, 2018 and then on June 14, 2020 he behaved in a threatening and abusive manner towards his partner.

A month later on July 26, 2020 he reset (handled stolen goods) like games, a console and controllers and on September 11, 2020 he assaulted his partner by pushing her on the body, causing her to fall to the ground and struck her on the head with his hand.

The sheriff revoked the orders and imposed a four-month jail sentence instead, backdated to March 1 when he was remanded in custody.

View our fact sheet on court reporting here

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More