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Inverness OAP tried to hit his partner with a bin

By Ali Morrison

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A 75-YEAR-OLD man attempted to hit his partner with a bin, Inverness Sheriff Court has heard.

Retired Navy man Richard Budding, of Balloan Road, Inverness, who had no previous convictions, admitted behaving in a threatening manner towards Ann Pritchard at their home.

He pleaded guilty to struggling with her and trying to hit her on the body with a bin.

Sheriff Gary Aitken deferred sentence until December 17 for his good behaviour, and said: “You have managed to stay out of trouble until you were in your 70s, I think you will manage another six months.

“If you have been of good behaviour, you need not come back to court.”

Fiscal depute David Morton told the court that on Tuesday, the couple had a heated argument and Budding ended up being locked out of the house for a period.

The couple then ended up together in the garden where he picked up a broom and she picked up a mop.

“He then pushed a recycling bin at her but it didn’t strike her,” Mr Morton added.

Defence solicitor advocate Mike Chapman said: “It was a very unseemly incident which leads a 75-year-old man, with no record, to be in court for the first time in his life.

“In fact, he has never even been in a police station before or been in any kind of trouble.”

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