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Inverness court hears how man who was still grieving after the death of his father trashed his home after being made redundant – sentencing of first offender Andrew Chisholm was deferred until July 22 by Sheriff Gary Aitken


By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken.
Sheriff Gary Aitken.

A distraught Inverness man trashed rooms in his house after he drowned his sorrows following being made redundant.

First offender Andrew Chisholm was also still grieving over the sudden death of his father a few months ago when he had a drunken argument with his partner on June 3 this year.

She had to phone the police, and when officers arrived at the Morvich Way property, they were confronted with a scene of disarray.

Chisholm was shouting and swearing and had thrown objects around including candles, glasses, a Sky router, and a games console.

Then the 38-year-old turned his attention to the kitchen.

There he pulled out drawers, emptied them, overturned chairs and threw other items around. He was tracked down nearby and arrested.

After spending a night in the cells, Chisholm appeared before Sheriff Gary Aitken and admitted threatening and abusive behaviour.

Defence solicitor Patrick O’Dea told the court of his client’s woes.

“He had been 18 years with the same employer and did not expect to be made redundant,” he said.

“It had a negative effect on him and he drank far more than he does normally.

“He is not a regular drinker.”

Deferring sentence until July 22 for a background report, Sheriff Aitken told Chisholm, he would not solve his troubles in a bottle.


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