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Inverness man jailed for assaulting his mother

By Ali Morrison

Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A man assaulted his mother for a third time after calling at her home last year Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

James McAlinden (46) of St Francis Gardens, Inverness, who has difficulties with alcohol abuse, called at his mother’s home in Alness on November 1 last year.

Procurator fiscal Roderick Urquhart told Tain Sheriff Court: “The accused turned up at about 5pm and came into the house shouting.

"His mother tried to ignore him – she didn’t wish to take him on.

"He sat down but then got up and proceeded to assault her, seizing her neck. She managed to free herself by hitting him with a colander."

McAlinden appeared at court three days later and was bailed on condition he did not enter Alness or approach his mother.

After pleading guilty to committing the assault at a later hearing sentence was deferred for reports and he was released still subject to the special bail condition.

Despite this he turned up at his mother’s home again on February 25.

Solicitor Rory Gowans said McAlinden was “realistic” about the options available to the court.

He was sentenced to seven months imprisonment.

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