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Inverness woman granted wish to go to jail in bid to turn her life around


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

An Inverness woman who asked a sheriff to jail her so she could get help to "turn her life around" has been imprisoned for a total of 13 months and one week.

Kirsty Grant, of no fixed abode, appeared for sentencing at Inverness Sheriff Court on multiple offences committed in the last three years.

The 24-year-old had failed to complete a community payback order imposed after she was convicted of assaulting a 13-year-old girl by slapping her in the face and then brandishing a bottle at her.

The attack took place in Carse Road, Inverness, on December 10, 2019. Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald jailed her for eight months, backdated to August 4, this year.

The sheriff added another 23 weeks to that sentence for two instances of breach of the peace and two breaches of bail curfew. She was told that on September 29, 2018, Grant had walked into the Lochalsh Road post office asking to buy some items.

Fiscal depute David Morton said: "As she went into her handbag, she told staff she had no money to pay for the goods. They then saw that she had a knife in it.

"Grant placed the knife on the counter before leaving of her own accord. But staff were alarmed by this."

The second breach of the peace occurred in a house in Fort William on October 17, 2020, as she, her partner and others were drinking.

Mr Morton said: "Her partner got jealous when she was spending time with another man. There was an argument and they began fighting."

Defence solicitor advocate Shahid Latif told Sheriff Macdonald that his client’s background "is something that no-one should ever have to endure," adding: "She needs help to turn her life around and has said the best place for her to get that is in prison.

"Frankly, I find that depressing. When she is released she intends to return to Falkirk."

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