A man who was upset at losing his job turned to drugs to help him get over it and terrified his mother with an angry reaction to getting up late.
Richard Jessop and his 63 year old mother, Janice, share a house in Blackwell Avenue, in Culloden and have a joint mortgage.
But when he rose at 11am on April 3 this year at 11am, he was in an aggressive mood and an argument broke out between him and his library worker mother.
Fiscal depute Niall Macdonald told Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday (Tuesday) that 32 year old Jessop picked up a glass and smashed in against a wall.
Frightened by the incident, his mother ran out of the house to the nearby unmanned police station in the housing estate and reported the matter.
Mr Macdonald went on: “Officers arrived within 15 minutes and went to the property, finding him lying in his bed. When Jessop was told he was under arrest, he kicked out with his legs and struck one officer on the face and body.
“He then said to police: ‘Can I not smash my own glass in my own house.’ Because of his substance abuse, his mother says she is now fearful of him.” Mr Macdonald went on.
The court was told that Jessop was ashamed by his behaviour and had taken steps to address his use of illicit substances.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson heard that Jessop was “self-medicating” because he was struggling with the loss of his employment. But he now has a job offer.
Jessop admitted threatening behaviour and resisting arrest.
He was fined a total of £500.