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Former Thurso funeral parlour worker refused to drop hammer when police called

By Court Reporter

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A former Thurso funeral parlour employee picked up a hammer when he received a late-night knock at the door.

But Inverness Sheriff Court was told today it was police who had been called to Knocknagael in the city to deal with an alleged disturbance on June 3 last year.

When 56-year-old Campbell Freeman saw the officers, he shouted and swore at them and refused to drop the hammer, fiscal depute Niall Macdonald said.

"Officers had a baton at the ready and used a PAVA spray into his eye, bringing him to the ground, and the hammer was taken possession of."

Freeman admitted a charge of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald was told that Freeman was currently serving a jail sentence with the earliest release date of March 3.

Defence solicitor John McLeod said: "He was unsure who was at the door but should have put the hammer down when asked."

Jailing Freeman for 10 weeks, Sheriff Macdonald said: "He has a significant record for similar offending and the use of weapons."

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