A 24-year-old woman has appeared in court in connection with an alleged air rifle shooting in Balintore.
Samantha Brown, of 122 Mansfield Estate, Tain, was remanded in custody after a private appearance at the town’s sheriff court yesterday.
She appeared on petition charged with assaulting Mary Johnson of Balintore with an air weapon to her permanent injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life.
Brown faced a further charge of killing gulls, contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
She also faced a third charge of committing a breach of the peace.
All the offences are alleged to have happened on Saturday, July 5, in Parkland Place, Balintore.
Brown made no plea during the brief hearing and was committed for further examination.
Ms Johnson has been told she may have to spend the rest of her life with an airgun pellet embedded in her skull.
The 46-year-old was treated in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for 14 hours following an incident at Balintore at the weekend.
Police officers carried out door-to-door inquiries in the Parkland Place area of the town following a disturbance in the early hours of Saturday.
It is understood three gulls were shot dead and a fourth was wounded.