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Police subjected to homophobic abuse from Inverness man

By Ali Morrison

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Police responded to incidents.
Police responded to incidents.

An Inverness man with a deteriorating eye condition was warned he would be jailed if he continued to drink to excess and offend.

Steven MacLeod, of Caledonian Road, Inverness was arrested by police twice within six days after neighbours reported him for playing loud music and shouting and swearing at police and people in the street.

The 41-year-old pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in Caledonian Road and Dalneigh Road on May 20 and 26.

Fiscal depute Grant McLennan told Inverness Sheriff Court that in the first incident, police had responded to the noise complaint and were subjected to homophobic abuse by MacLeod.

In the second incident, MacLeod was shouting incoherently in Dalneigh Road and challenged one man to fight.

His solicitor advocate Clare Russell told Sheriff Gary Aitken: "Since his eyesight has deteriorated, he has difficulty engaging in employment and social activity.

"So he sits in his house listening to music and drinking alcohol."

Ordering MacLeod to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work, undertake alcohol treatment and remain under social work supervision for 18 months, the sheriff told him: "You have issues in your life and you need to deal with them. But you will need support.

"If you carry on like this you will find yourself in jail."

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