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Highland engineer threatened to smash up house over £240 debt

By Ali Morrison

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A structural design engineer from Lochend threatened to smash up the house of a man who owed him money.

David Foster (33), of Lairgmore Croft, Lochend, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour which occurred on August 10 at a house in Inverness.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that Foster went to the property, swore at the occupants and threatened to damage the house.

Defence solicitor Stuart Murray told Sheriff Margaret Neilson: “There is bad blood between the families.

“He was owed £240 and multiple promises to repay had been made over a period of time.

“He made an error of judgement by going to the property and things escalated.

“It is clear from mobile [phone] footage that both parties were in each other’s face.

“But if he hadn’t gone there it wouldn’t have happened. He has been five weeks on remand.”

Sentence on Foster was deferred to October, for a background report.

He was released on bail meantime.

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