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Castletown man fined at Wick Sheriff Court for disturbance in the village

By Ali Morrison

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Wick Sheriff Court.
Wick Sheriff Court.

Wick Sheriff Court was told the man was provoked before he repeatedly threatened to fight with another man and cause him harm.

Matthew Joseph Frere was appearing at Wick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after sentence was deferred on him for good behaviour.

The 30-year-old previously admitted acting in a threatening or abusive manner on May 15 last year at his home in Mackay Street, Castletown.

Fiscal David Barclay said Frere had reported the incident to police.

The accused claimed people had been in his garden threatening and harassing him.

After an exchange of words, Frere issued the threat.

Mr Barclay said: "The picture painted is that it may not have been an entirely one-way exchange."

Solicitor Mhyrin Hill said Frere accepts he was in the wrong.

She said he was willing to comply with any disposal and was anxious to "get back on the straight and narrow".

Sheriff Ian Miller noted that Frere had offended once since the case was last heard last October.

As well as a £200 fine, he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £10.

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