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Apology from dock for drunken abuse outside Thurso nightclub

By Court Reporter

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Drunken Graham Smith's strange behaviour outside Thurso's nightclub attracted the attention of police officers at midnight.

Smith (57) appeared to be acting in "a suspicious and furtive manner" outside Skinandi's on March 26, Wick Sheriff Court heard last week.

When the officers spoke to him he became abusive and repeatedly shouted and swore at them.

Fiscal David Barclay added that when cautioned and charged later, Smith, who is unemployed, replied he didn't consider himself a threatening or abusive person.

Smith, of Murkle Terrace, Thurso, said from the dock: "I can only apologise to the officers... I was out of order."

Sheriff Neil Wilson, who saw a letter from Smith, said that he had admitted his guilt at an early stage and had given a full explanation for his conduct.

The accused was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work.

He admitted threatening or abusive behaviour and a previous record of offending.

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