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Inverness Sheriff Court told woman struck man on head when trying to save relationship

By Court Reporter

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A 'heartbroken' Aberdeenshire woman literally fought for her relationship by grabbing her ex-partner and hitting him with a piece of wood.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Kirsty Gray (20), of Ladeside Gardens, Port Elphinstone, found out she was pregnant to her boyfriend who was no longer interested in her and it explained her actions.

Defence solicitor Liam McAllister told Sheriff Gary Aitken that his client “was horrified that she acted this way. She says it was the most shameful day of her life and it has had a profound impact on her.

“I very much doubt we will see her in court again.”

Gray admitted assaulting the man at a property in Tomatin on June 17, 2020.

Mr McAllister said: “They had been in a relationship for about a year and she moved in with him with all her belongings. A few weeks before the incident, she took the bold step of accepting a job in Wales as a shepherdess as she has an agricultural background.

“There was an unpleasant phone call and it was apparent he wanted to end the relationship.

"He had met someone else. She was heartbroken. She decided to return to fight for the relationship and arrived to see all her belongings left outside his house.

“She cannot afford an explanation for why she acted in this way but she accepts she should have reacted in a more mature way. But she was emotional and irrational and went for a pregnancy test.

"It was revealed later that day that she was pregnant with his child.

“He made it clear he did not want anything to do with her.”

Mr McAllister added that this had taken its toll on her mental health but 'she seems to be on the right path now and is about to begin a college course'.

The lawyer asked the sheriff for leniency in the circumstances and Sheriff Aitken deferred sentence for Gray’s good behaviour for six months.

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