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Inverness thief 'determined not to appear in court again'

By Ali Morrison

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A sheriff told a 30-year-old Inverness man he would make her “very happy” if she never saw him in court again.

James Mackay, of the city’s Inshes Court, pleaded guilty before Sheriff Margaret Neilson to charges of threatening behaviour and theft by shoplifting.

But Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Mackay had not been in trouble since the most recent offence before them, which dated back to July last year.

The court was also told that he had remained sober since August 2019.

Defence solicitor Clare Russell said that her client, who had a poor record for previous offending, was determined not to appear in court again.

Fining him a total of £400 earlier this week, Sheriff Neilson told him: “If I don’t see you in court again, I will be very happy.”

Mackay pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner towards a taxi driver in a dispute over a fare on April 28, 2019.

He also admitted throwing a can towards the vehicle during the row and stealing a crate of beer worth £11 from Tesco Inshes on July 29, 2019.

The court was told the alcohol was not recovered.

Ms Russell said that her client had been drunk on both occasions when the offending occurred.

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