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Grantown man convicted for fifth time of domestic offence

By Court Reporter

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A rude gesture towards his ex-partner earned a 39 year old Grantown man 90 hours of unpaid community work as a punishment.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard yesterday that Paul Ross of Burnfield Avenue, had turned up uninvited at the Cawdor Road Terrace address of his former girlfriend in Nairn on September 2, last year.

Fiscal depute Pauline Gair said that the ex and a friend had just returned home, saw him in his car and asked why he was there?

"He became aggressive and stuck his middle finger up and behaved in a manner which caused them fear and alarm."

Defence solicitor David Patterson said: "They were two people who were not compatible. His offending has slowed somewhat."

Also imposing a one year non-harassment order to protect Ross's ex, Sheriff Sara Matheson told him: "As this is your fifth conviction for domestic offending, I am thinking about putting you on a community payback order."

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