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Inverness Sheriff Court hears man from Lochend sent texts to daughter saying her mother’s home would be‘burned out’

By Gregor White

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Sending threatening texts a man also left a fuel can outside the chalet where his former wife lived the court in Inverness was told.

David Foster (55) sent the messages in July, nearly a decade after separating from his wife.

He admitted at Inverness Sheriff Court to behaving in an abusive and threatening manner towards his ex.

Depute fiscal Niall Macdonald said Foster, of Nessview, Lairgmore Croft, Lochend and his wife had been in a relationship for many years and separated in 2009 but she lived in close by due to the share of domestic assets.

Mr Macdonald said that on July 12 Foster sent texts to his daughter referring to a third party who was “going to burn your mam out”, adding “there will be flames at your mam’s”, and later said “You’d better watch for flames at you mam’s”.

On August 24 Mr Macdonald said Foster’s wife was aware of the accused in a vehicle which had stopped outside her chalet and he had driven away.

“The daughter saw a green fuel can had been left beside the property.”

When he was interviewed Foster said he was drunk at the time saying: “You just get annoyed. You know sometimes when you get drunk it gets worse.”

Mr Macdonald said Foster claimed he had borrowed fuel from his son without discussing it and this was him returning it. Sheriff Margaret Neilson deferred sentence to November 25 for reports.

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