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Inverness man jailed after ‘appalling’ domestic assault


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Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard the case at Inverness Justice Centre.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard the case at Inverness Justice Centre.

A woman received an apology from her boyfriend after he attacked her only to receive a death threat weeks later.

Gary Walker, of Parkfield View, Inverness was on bail at the time and had a non-harassment order in force to protect the woman.

But Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the 41-year-old ignored the court instructions and sent his victim apologetic messages in February this year, visited her work on March 6 and made a comment to her before sending more messages in May declaring: "I should have killed you."

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Fiscal depute Shay Treanor said Walker was in the company of the woman in Inverness on October 28 last year and they decided to return to his home later that evening.

However, Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard that the pair fell out on the taxi journey and Walker returned home alone.

But the court was told the woman appeared at his door seeking the return of her house keys, an argument developed and he grabbed her by the hair.

Mr Treanor added: "He overpowered her, pushed her to the ground and [assaulted her further].

"Fortunately she didn't lose consciousness. She flailed her arms about which scratched his face to get him to release her but he then threw a clothes horse at her, hitting her leg and threw cider over her."

Walker pleaded guilty to assault to injury, threatening or abusive behaviour, a breach of bail and a breach of a non-harassment order. He also admitted previous convictions, some of which were of a similar nature.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank jailed him for a total of eight months and imposed another five-year non-harassment order.

Defence solicitor Patrick O'Dea had tried to persuade the sheriff not to jail his client, saying that he regretted his behaviour.

He added: "He was drinking to an excessive amount and was not taking his medication at the time. It is not an excuse but goes towards an explanation.

"His disgusting message does not indicate the person he wants to be and he wants to sever his connection to alcohol."

Sheriff Cruickshank noted that Walker blames his victim in a background report for coming to his home uninvited. He claimed she attacked him.

"This tells a dreadful story of offending in a domestic setting,” he said. “It was an appalling assault."


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