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Taxi passenger lashed out when officers woke him at Inverness police station

By Ali Morrison

Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A taxi driver took his passenger to the police when he was unable to wake him, Inverness Sheriff Court has been told.

However, offshore worker Donald Macdonald became aggressive towards officers when they roused him, threatening to have them killed and kicking out at them.

Depute fiscal Susan Love told the court that police had contacted Macdonald’s wife but she had been unable to collect him.

Macdonald (38), of Newton Road, Cawdor, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Burnett Road police station in Inverness on October 31 last year.

Solicitor Marc Dickson said Macdonald had shared responsibility with other family members, for several years, of taking care their late father, who had dementia.

He said Macdonald suffered from depression and had “far too much” to drink that night.

He said his client was “mortifyingly embarrassed” by what had happened and, as someone whose work sometimes took him to America, the conviction could have an impact on his job.

“He apologises unreservedly,” he said. “Nothing like this will happen again.”

He was fined £500.

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