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Inverness court told woman was faced by abusive man on day she left hospital with first baby

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken and Inverness Justice Centre.
Sheriff Gary Aitken and Inverness Justice Centre.

An Inverness woman who had just returned home after giving birth to her first child, was forced to lock her door against a man who arrived and was shouting and swearing and acting in an aggressive manner.

This was heard at the city's sheriff court when Sandon Urquhart (23), of Tulloch Square, Dingwall, appeared for sentence after admitting that on April 22 last year at the address in Hilton, Inverness, he behaved in an abusive and threatening manner, striking the door and repeatedly demanded entry.

Fiscal depute Grant MacLennan told the court that the woman had been texting Urquhart throughout the day and he eventually arrived to speak to her in person, before he left to get food.

When he eventually returned, he was met by the woman at the front door.

Mr MacLennan said: "He appeared intoxicated and became agitated as they spoke."

Eventually she locked the front door against him because of her concern over his behaviour.

Mr MacLennan added: "He shouted and swore and told her: 'Open this door in 10 seconds or I am coming through it.'"

The police were called.

Urquhart also admitted that on the evening of June 14 last year he broke a bail condition by returning to door of the Hilton address, and again the police were called.

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans said that at the time of the offences Urquhart was "in a bad place and drinking too much".

He added that being charged with theses offences had been a wake up call to Urquhart, adding that he "seems to have got himself sorted out".

Sheriff Gary Aitken sentenced Urquhart to a total of 210 hours' community payback work and placed him under a 24-month supervision order.

He was also placed under a two year non-harassment order in relation to the woman.

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