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Exchange of words with restaurant worker led to Grantown brawl


By Court Reporter

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A 30 year old Grantown man who had a fight outside his flat with another man has been fined £675 at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Craig MacIntyre of Jubilee House, Burnfield Avenue, had been due to stand trial before a jury with his twin brother, Ross.

But a plea was agreed with fiscal depute Alex Swain before the case began today.

Craig MacIntyre admitted behaving in a threatening manner on October 18, 2019, and engaging in a fight with Kevin Mathieson, whereby both were injured.

Ms Swain told Sheriff Ian Cruickshank that MacIntyre and his brother had gone to a local restaurant that evening and Craig had an exchange of words with a member of staff, Nicole Gilfillan.

"This caused her to become upset and phone her partner, Richard Munnerly. Kevin Mathieson was with him at the time he received the call and they decided to attend at Jubilee House where MacIntyre lived."

Ms Swain said that MacIntyre who was in a downstairs flat visiting a neighbour, heard people upstairs in his own flat which had been left unlocked.

She told the court: "Munnerly and Mathieson went outside and Munnerly proceeded to shout asking what the issue was with his partner, prompting MacIntyre to go outside."

Ms Swain said that Kevin Mathieson and MacIntyre began fighting each other for a few minutes before Mathieson and Munnerly left in their car.

Police were called and MacIntyre was arrested. Both men sustained minor head injuries, although MacIntyre required a CT scan to check out swelling behind his ear.

The court was told he had suffered a concussion.

Defence solicitor advocate Neil Wilson said: "This is a relatively minor matter which could be dealt with by a fine.

"My client became aware of people in his flat which was perturbing.

"He has been out of trouble since and has been able to secure new employment."


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