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Inverness man jailed for brutal attack that left partner in hospital for eight days

By Richard McLaughlin

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An Inverness man has been jailed for three years for a "brutal" assault on his partner that left her in hospital for more than a week.

Ian Grant (27) attacked the woman at their home in King Duncan's Road after drunkenly falling out, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

He battered her with a pram in their living room before she fell to the ground and he repeatedly kicked her in the head.

She was left bloodied by the attack with neighbours hearing the assault and phoning the police in the early hours of July 31 in order for her to be rushed to hospital.

The woman was left with a broken forearm, severe bruising to her face and neck, lacerations that required stiches and a CT scan found a subarachnoid haemorrhage which did not require treatment.

Grant appeared by video link at the court from HMP Inverness where he has been on remand since the day of the attack.

He admitted the assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of the woman's life.

The charge was aggravated by being of a domestic nature.

Two other not guilty pleas to assault and assault to severe injury and danger of life were accepted by prosecutors.

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood said the pair had both been at a friends house drinking on July 30 before returning home where an earlier argument resurfaced leading to Grant's attack.

Ms Eastwood added: "A neighbour called the police.

"She had to be kept in hospital for eights days following the assault."

Defence agent Graham Mann said his client had been in a motorcycle accident in 2021 after which his partner had noticed he "changed dramatically" with bouts of heavy drinking and losing his temper.

However he said the woman had since said that she wanted to continue the relationship and had been visiting him while on remand.

However, Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said the woman had suffered "substantial injuries" and described the attack as "brutal".

He said: "The injuries here were so bad that [the woman] had to be in hospital for eight days."

The sheriff also noted previous conviction for a 2017 assault to severe injury and a November 2021 assault to injury both of which Grant had served prison sentences for.

Sheriff Cruickshank added: "Therefore I have no hesitation that the only way to deal with this is the imposition of a custodial sentence."

As well as the three year jail sentence, backdated to August 1, the sheriff imposed a non-harassment order for four years banning Grant from contacting the woman.

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