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Jail warning after Thurso man dragged partner by hair

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AN argument that "got out of hand" led to Brendon Stevens dragging his partner by the hair out of their home in Thurso.

Then he threw a brick at her car, Wick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday.

Repeat offender Stevens (28) will be sentenced next month by Sheriff Andrew Berry, who warned him that "a period of imprisonment is very much in my mind".

Sheriff Andrew Berry.
Sheriff Andrew Berry.

Stevens admitted a charge of assault and another of causing damage, on January 8.

Fiscal David Barclay said that an argument between the accused and Jamie McPhee escalated and Stevens "lost his temper".

"He seized her by her hair and dragged her outside where witnesses observed him throwing a brick at her car."

The fiscal said it was fair to say that passers-by formed the view that there were issues on both sides and that Ms McPhee appeared to be "giving as good as she got" and added: "She seemed to be more concerned about her car".

Solicitor Fiona MacDonald said that both parties had been drinking and the accused had no recollection of the incident.

She invited Sheriff Berry to adopt the recommendation contained in a background report, and have Stevens assessed for his suitability for the Caledonian Programme specifically in relation to advice on the domestic issues.

Sheriff Berry agreed and urged Stevens, of Murkle View, Thurso, to co-operate with social workers and be particularly frank with them, as there were anomalies in the report. The accused will return to court on March 24.

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