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Slashing car tyres ends in £100 fine for Inverness man

By Ali Morrison

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A DELIVERY driver has been ordered to pay his ex-partner £100 compensation after slashing four tyres on her car.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 44-year-old John Hogan had paid £300 for the damage he had caused.

But it was claimed in court that the actual cost was £400.

Hogan pleaded not guilty to maliciously damaging the vehicle in Caulfield Place, Culloden on March 9 last year. He was found guilty after a trial.

Giving evidence on his own behalf, Hogan said that a series of texts he sent the woman was referring to money he owed in unpaid rent and not for the tyres.

But Sheriff Margaret Neilson was told in evidence by Hogan’s former partner and her daughter that they believed the messages and phone calls were regarding the damage to the tyres.

One text said: “I don’t know why I did it.”

Hogan of Alltan Place, Culloden was also placed on a non-harassment order preventing him from entering Caulfield Place or contacting the woman for the next two years.

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