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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Marks and Spencer supermarket slurs at Eastgate Centre land woman in court

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

An Inverness woman has admitted hurling homophobic remarks toward a supermarket worker.

Lorraine Beavis (38) was in Marks and Spencer on March 6 when she started shouting and swearing at the male employee.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the threatening and abusive behaviour happened at around 3pm.

The court heard Beavis, of St Margarets Road, began throwing items from the shelves onto the floor and made offensive remarks about the man’s sexuality while children were nearby.

When later questioned by police why she did it, she replied: “I was being cheeky and I was being a b****.”

When taken to Burnett Road police station later the same day, she then assaulted an officer by spitting out of the hatch of her cell.

Beavis also admitted assaulting security staff at Raigmore Hospital on May 7 by throwing the contents of a can of beer at one, as well as spitting and biting a guard.

The court heard that the security officer’s skin was broken by the bite to his injury.

She also spat at the two security staff during the incident.

Sentence was deferred until August 11 for the preparation of background reports.

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