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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Telford Street fallout between friends turns violent


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A FALL out between friends turned violent in an Inverness street when one of them retaliated after being head-butted by his victim.

The incident happened on February 27 in Telford Street after 42-year-old Peter MacAllister, of Bught Drive, Inverness had given his pal some money to buy

alcohol.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that an argument developed over the cash and MacAllister’s companion became aggressive, head-butted MacAllister and then walked away, defence solicitor Willie Young told Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald.

The court heard MacAllister followed him and pushed him on to the road before starting to kick him on the head and body.

No serious injury was caused, fiscal depute Pauline Gair added.

MacAllister was arrested and taken to Burnett Road Police Station where he became agitated and had to be restrained to the ground.

“He made repeated attempts to bite the custody sergeant and a spit hood had to be applied,” Mrs Gair went on.

Defence solicitor Willie Young said his client was on a drug treatment and testing order and doing well.

“It is accepted this is a significant blip,” Mr Young said.

“My client accepts he should have shown more restraint. He has a 25-year history of drug abuse and offences of violence do not feature much on his record of previous convictions.

“Significant progress is being made by him on the DTTO [drug treatment and testing order] and he has no outstanding matters.

“I would ask the court to take

the unusual step of deferring sentence to allow the order to continue and him to retain his first-ever tenancy.”

Sheriff Macdonald agreed to defer sentence for MacAllister’s good behaviour and further compliance with the drug treatment until October 24.

She told him: “If you are getting on well then, we will continue in that vein.

“If not, I will consider a prison sentence. This is your chance to keep your tenancy and get off the drugs.”

MacAllister said “thank you” to the sheriff as he left the dock.


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