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Man smashed Inverness pub window after ex told him to ‘move on’

By Ali Morrison

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Highlander Bar.
Highlander Bar.

An amicable split turned nasty after a couple agreed to meet in an Inverness city centre pub.

Liam Sangster was invited to join his ex-partner of seven years at the Highlander Bar, in Church Street, on October 20, 2023 despite having split two weeks earlier.

Fiscal depute Victoria Silver told Sheriff Robert Frazer that they both hoped the break-up would be amicable.

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The woman was with her sister and another friend and Ms Silver said: "There was no argument until she said she wanted to go back to her friend's and he should move on."

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the group were standing outside the pub with the woman in front of the glass window.

"He struck the window behind her causing it to smash and shower her with glass. She sustained small facial cuts.

"Police were only a short distance away and heard the bang. He was intoxicated but immediately started to apologise."

Sangster, of Glenbervie Drive, Aberdeen admitted culpable and reckless conduct.

His solicitor advocate Mike Chapman told the court: "He was distressed and upset at the break-up and did not anticipate the glass would break.

"He did not intend to cause injury. He accepts the relationship is over and does not intend to have any contact with her in the future."

Sheriff Frazer deferred sentence on the 34-year-old until December 12 for Sangster's good behaviour and ordered him to pay £200 in compensation to the bar for the broken window.

He also deferred imposing a non-harassment order until sentencing.

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