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Inverness lorry driver placed on supervision after phone threats to partner

By Ali Morrison

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A SHERIFF has placed an Inverness lorry driver who made threatening remarks to a woman over the phone under supervision.

Angus Martin (55) of Telford Road previously appeared from custody and admitted the offence by calling a house in Muir of Ord on August 22.

At that hearing defence solicitor Willie Young said: "Alcohol was a feature. He says he doesn't have a drink problem but does binge drink on occasion."

Martin was released on bail and was banned from drinking until he was sentenced and background reports were obtained.

When he appeared for sentence Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard the accused and the complainer had been in a relationship although did not reside together.

She received calls which left rambling messages on her phone and she was genuinely fearful, the fiscal said.

Martin was placed on supervision for 12 months and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work as a direct alternative to custody.

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