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Woman sent a barrage of abuse by Nairn man Inverness court hears

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A NAIRN man sent a barrage of abusive messages to a woman before making a phone call to racially attack the woman’s character.

But it was the last straw for the woman, who could not respond to 32-year-old Benjamin Hutcheon’s vile communications as he had blocked her from his phone, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

The court heard also that the woman wanted to ask him to stop and when she could not reply, she informed the police.

Hutcheon, of Moss-side Road, admitted a breach of the Communications Act by sending the messages on August 7.

Fiscal depute Sharon Ralph told Sheriff Robert Frazer that the woman was at a hen party when she started receiving the messages and the phone call.

“He told police he was drunk at the time and did not have much recollection of doing it,” she said.

“He said he was ashamed of his behaviour and that it was disgusting. Asked if he knew how the woman would feel, he answered ‘awful’, so he shows some insight.”

Sheriff Frazer deferred sentence until September 23 for a background report due to Hutcheon’s previous conviction for a domestic offence.

His bail was continued with a condition he does not contact or communicate with the victim.

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