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Homeless man’s ‘plea for help’ hears Inverness Sheriff Court

By Court Reporter

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An addict who appeared in court on successive days for behaving in a threatening manner towards police and threatening to self-harm was making cries for help a court has been told.

Raymond Marshall (33) of no fixed abode, appeared from custody at Inverness Sheriff Court where he admitted threatening police and threatening to throw himself off the Ness Bridge in the early hours of the morning.

He was bailed to allow him to keep an appointment concerning accommodation but was back in court again on Thursday for similar conduct at Rossal House in Island Bank Road and in a police van after his release.

Depute fiscal Susan Love said he banged his head so much on a window in the van that he rendered himself unconscious and was taken to Raigmore Hospital where his conduct continued in front of patients and children.

Solicitor Lisa Campbell said his actions were a cry for help by Marshall who had a long history of alcohol and drug addiction.

“He doesn’t want to conduct himself in this way but says he has not been provided with the help he needs,” she said adding he now had an address in Dingwall.

Sentence for both matters was deferred to November 21 and Marshall’s bail was continued, but Sheriff Robert Macdonald also warned him: “If you are back here tomorrow or next week you will be remanded, to keep you out of trouble as much as anything else.”

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