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Sheriff Court defers sentence again on Inverness man who attacked 'annoying' house guest

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre and Sheriff Sara Matheson.
Inverness Justice Centre and Sheriff Sara Matheson.

Sentence has been deferred again on an Inverness man who punched and kicked a drinking "buddy", inflicting several fractures.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 35-year-old Stewart Sinclair, of Rosehaugh Road, was socialising in his house with Paul Strachan when Sinclair unexpectedly head-butted his guest on June 11 last year, causing his nose to bleed.

Fiscal depute Emily Hood told Sheriff Sara Matheson: "On seeing the blood fall onto the light coloured carpets, the accused became angry and punched Mr Strachan, causing him to fall off the couch onto the floor.

"He continued to punch and kick him to the head and body. A neighbour heard the disturbance and called the police.

"He told them: 'He was annoying me'."

Mr Strachan was treated at Raigmore Hospital for multiple nasal fractures, a broken cheek bone, burst eardrum, a cracked rib and a cut and swelling around his left eye.

He also required surgery to straighten his nose.

Defence solicitor Clare Russell told the court on that after the previous court appearance the question arose of Sinclair having post traumatic stress disorder.

Sheriff Sara Matheson agreed to further defer sentence until February 19 for a psychological report to be obtained on Sinclair by his defence, and continued his bail.

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