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'Homing instinct' kicked in for man who defied Inverness court order

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

An Inverness man got drunk and went to his mother's home in defiance of a court ban a court has heard.

Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald heard that Joseph Shields (56), now of Telford Street, Inverness, had spent 12 days in custody in connection with the case before his appearance for sentencing – the equivalent of a one month jail term.

He admitted being in breach of his bail on May 6 by being in Carnarc Crescent, Inverness.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that police on mobile patrol saw him there and arrested him.

Defence solicitor Neil Wilson said: "When I saw him the following day, he appeared hung-over and confused. After spending time on remand, he is looking a lot better.

"He got drunk and his homing instinct kicked in and he went back to his mother's home where he was staying."

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