Thurso man broke into brother's house
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Wick Sheriff Court heard about a man who broke into his brother's house with intent to steal.
Dominic Long pleaded guilty and will be under supervision for a year.
The court was told on Wednesday that the 26-year-old entered Liam Long's home in Moorside Avenue, Thurso, on January 29.
The accused was later found in possession of cannabis.
Sheriff Andrew Berry said that Long had been in and out of the court in recent years and went on: "There were times when I had hoped that you had turned the corner in your life."
The sheriff dismissed the accused's 'fanciful' excuse for the break-in contained in a background report, and told him over a video link from the prison where he was on remand: "It is quite clear you broke into your brother's house."
Sheriff Berry said he was giving Long a chance but warned him: "If you don't take it, you can expect to find yourself back in custody. Think yourself extremely fortunate."
Long, of Holborn Avenue, Thurso, was admonished on the drugs charge. He was said to have some unpaid community work outstanding.