A Polish man wrecked his cooker and smashed a door in a fit of depression, Inverness Sheriff Court was told yesterday.
Marek Nowicki, 6 Cairngorm Avenue, Grantown on Spey appeared for sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday after a deferral for a background report earlier this month.
The 32 year old had admitted the breach of the peace in his home while he was off sick from his work.
Fiscal depute Stewart MacIver told the court: “There was an altercation between him and his partner who was expecting a friend to call round to the house.
“She phoned to try and put the friend off but the friend arrived and saw that the accused’s partner was upset. The friend then left but could still hear Nowicki shouting and growling at his partner. When the friend heard things being thrown and moved about she phoned the police.
“When officers arrived, Nowicki was on the floor and had cuts to his hands. A cooker had been pulled from the wall and was on the floor with its door smashed.
“An interior door of the house was also damaged.” Mr MacIver went on.
Defence solicitor Ross Anderson said: “He had been prescribed medication for depression but had failed to take it that evening.
“He was concerned about work and did not react in the right way. He accepts it was a distressing incident. He spent four days in custody following the incident.”
Sheriff David Hall noted that Nowicki had a previous conviction for a domestic assault and placed him under social work supervision for a year.
He also ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work as an alternative to a custodial sentence.