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Thurso woman's death threats to estranged husband 'not serious'

By Court Reporter

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A Thurso couple's day got off to an unwelcome start when they received a visit from Patricia Brown.

She threatened to kill her estranged husband, Craig Wilson, and his partner Avril Fell.

Brown's actions resulted in her being charged with threatening or abusive behaviour.

She pleaded guilty at Wick Sheriff Court on Tuesday and will be sentenced next month.

The court was told that Brown and her husband had been living apart for six years.

It was around 7.20am when Mr Wilson and Ms Fell heard knocking on the bedroom window of their home in Mount Pleasant Road, Thurso, on August 14, and saw the accused when they drew back the curtains.

Fiscal David Barclay said that Brown, of Sweyn Road, Thurso, subjected Mr Wilson to "a shouting and swearing rant" during which she said wanted Ms Fell out of the house.

The fiscal added that Brown (50) appeared to be in control of her faculties but it was thought she might have consumed some alcohol earlier.

He added that the death threats were not taken seriously and "were never going to materialise".

Sheriff Andrew Berry called for a background report which he will consider before passing sentence on October 13.

A decision will also be taken then on whether a non-harassment order is necessary.

Brown, who has a previous conviction, was banned from contacting Mr Wilson and Ms Fell and entering Mount Pleasant Road, meantime.

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