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Easter Ross man jailed after attacking former partner’s new friend with hammer

Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle

An Easter Ross man was jailed for a year after attacking his former partner’s new friend with a hammer.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 49-year-old Ian Cameron went round to a house in Tomich Road, Invergordon, on April 22 where his ex of five years, Elizabeth Catto, was drinking with Campbell Leiper.

Fiscal depute Roderick Urquhart said Ms Catto was expecting a Chinese meal delivery and Mr Leiper answered the door when the doorbell rang.

“Cameron immediately swung an object in a blue bag at him and Mr Leiper felt himself being struck on the head with something hard.”

Mr Urquhart said that Cameron then proceeded to break windows of the property with a hammer which Mr Leiper realised was probably what hit him.

The police were called and Cameron then threatened the officers with the weapon before dropping it on threat of the incapacitant spray being deployed, Mr Urquhart went on.

Cameron then told police: “I did Leiper. When I get out I will finish the job. I went there to get him and I am annoyed I didn’t manage to do it.

“I hit him on the head. I will be going away for a while.”

Sentence had earlier been deferred on Cameron, described as a Barlinnie prisoner, by Sheriff Margaret Neilson after he admitted assault to injury and threatening behaviour charges.

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