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Glensherra man carried out brutal attack with a rolling pin

By Court Reporter

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A Kincraig man was battered with a marble rolling pin and scarred for life after 'disrespecting' a guest in his home.

The location was the home address of the victim, Terry Haggerty, at Macrae Crescent, Kincraig on July 9, 2020 who had invited 36 year old Jason Macdonald and a woman over for a drink.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard earlier today that the woman went to the bedroom to watch TV and fell asleep on the bed, leaving Mr Haggerty and Macdonald, of Glensherra, Laggan in the living room.

Just before midnight, the woman was woken up by Mr Haggerty, who had come into the bedroom to get blankets for Macdonald so that he could sleep on the sofa .

But when he returned to the bedroom, Macdonald came in, shouting that he was being 'disrespected' and began punching Mr Haggerty, fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Sara Matheson.

The woman managed to pull Macdonald off Mr Haggerty and took him through to the kitchen.

But Macdonald picked up the rolling pin, returned to the bedroom and struck Mr Haggerty repeatedly on the face and head.

Mr Weir told the court: "The woman managed to pull the accused away from Mr Haggerty once more and took him through to the kitchen. Mr Haggerty then barricaded himself in the bedroom and called the police.

An ambulance was called and Mr Haggerty was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness suffering from significant swelling and bruising.

Mr Weir said: "He was also found to have a fractured eye socket and a blood clot behind his eye, losing all vision. But over time this improved and he has now recovered his vision to what it was prior to the assault.

"However he has been left with two scars on his head 2.5 inches long and three inches long respectively," Mr Weir went on.

Macdonald admitted assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement and had sentence deferred for a background report and a restriction of liberty order assessment until May 21.

His bail was continued.

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