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Nairn man who subjected his partner to abuse over eight years faces a jail sentence


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A man from Nairn has pleaded guilty to a series of assaults against his partner, committed between 2012 and this year.

Angus Mackie, of the seaside town’s Queen Street, appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court this week to admit various assaults committed between December 1, 2012 and June 11, 2020.

He also admitted behaving in a threatening manner by telling his partner he would burn her house down if she left him.

The 32-year-old’s partner told police that there were “not many days” when she was not bruised by Mackie.

Eventually she secretly recorded a conversation with Mackie where he admitted the string of assaults.

Two days later she packed up his belongings and left them outside her home for him to collect.

Fearing for her safety, she took the recording to police the same day, after which her partner was arrested and charged.

At court sentence on Mackie was deferred until October 8 and his bail was continued, but Sheriff Margaret Neilson told him that “all options”with regards to sentencing remained open.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir said the first assault was committed in the couple’s home in Balmakeith Drive when the woman was three months pregnant.

Mackie punched her on the backside as she climbed the stairs, the prosecutor told the court.

As the torment continued, she suffered punching, kicking, spitting and biting.

Then in the early months of 2020, on two occasions, he pressed a knife against her throat, Mr Weir added.

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