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Warrants issued for witnesses for breach trial at Wick Sheriff Court

By Ali Morrison

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Wick Sheriff Court.
Wick Sheriff Court.

A new trial date has been set for a man accused of breaching a non-harassment order.

Steven Beaumont Sutherland had travelled up by train from Brora for his trial which had been scheduled to go ahead at Wick Sheriff Court on Monday of this week.

However the hearing did not proceed after two Crown witnesses failed to turn up.

Sheriff Ian Miller issued warrants in respect of both witnesses and the trial was re-scheduled, with a new start date of August 23.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sutherland, of Fascally Cottages, Brora denied a charge of breaching a previously imposed non-harassment order on September 11 last year by contacting his former partner in Lybster.

Under the terms of the order he is explicitly banned from making such contact.

The non-harassment order had originally been imposed against Sutherland at Tain Sheriff Court in November 2020.

Sutherland also further denies committing the breach of the order while being on bail in connection with other matters.

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