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Woman assaulted after heavy drinking session in Inverness flat

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court is at Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Sheriff Court is at Inverness Justice Centre.

A neighbour invited a woman into his property after she discovered that a friend was not at home.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that another man was also in the Wyvern House flat in Old School Lane, Inverness and the trio began drinking heavily on the night of April 15, 2023.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald that the second man left and the woman gave the flat's occupant, 50-year-old Robert Glass, money for more alcohol.

Mr Weir said: "The next thing she recalls is being thrown off the premises by the accused. She attempted to get back in, however he would not let her.

"She struggled with the accused who was punching and kicking her while pushing her back out. She managed to get back in and ended up on the floor with Glass pinning her down.

"She was screaming loudly for him to get off her. She attempted to leave the flat however he would not let her, stopping her by grabbing her left arm and pulling her back.

"She picked up a glass intending to hit him with it however he grabbed the glass from her hand and broke it in her hand."

Mr Weir added that Glass barricaded the door with the woman kicking at him to let her out before he eventually pushed her out into the hallway.

The court heard police were called and the woman was found hysterical, lying on the communal floor bleeding from the hands and face. Glass was also bleeding, Sheriff Macdonald was told, and both were taken to Raigmore Hospital for treatment.

She suffered cuts to her right hand, a fractured wrist and a head injury, was treated with painkillers and an elbow support and was discharged.

Sentence was deferred until April 19 for a background report and Glass, who admitted assault to severe injury, had his bail continued.

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