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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Murder led to drugs use, court hears

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

An Inverness man turned to smoking cannabis after his neighbours were murdered, a court has been told.

Alasdair Urquhart (37), of Varrich Crescent, took solace in using the drug after the February 2021 double death, Inverness Sheriff Court was told.

He was found by police in charge of a vehicle on the A8082 while under the influence of the drug on October 25 last year.

He tested as having 4.8 micrograms of the drug in one litre of breath, to which he admitted the charge. The legal threshold is 2mcg.

Defence agent Clare Russell said: “Mr Urquhart’s neighbours were murdered in February of last year and this was something he was struggling with.”

Sheriff Mark Stewart said there was an important distinction between driving under the influence and being in charge of a vehicle.

The sheriff imposed 10 penalty points on Urquhart’s licence and fined him £200.

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