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Highland trial at Inverness Sheriff Court adjourned after key witness was absent due to a suspected case of monkeypox


By Ian Duncan

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Inverness Justice Centre where the trial was being heard.
Inverness Justice Centre where the trial was being heard.

A trial in Inverness has been halted because a key witness was absent due to a suspected case of monkeypox, it has been confirmed.

It followed news that the first case of the infectious disease was confirmed in Scotland on Monday.

A Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman today said: "We can confirm that the case was adjourned today due to a crown witness being absent due to a suspected case of monkeypox."

The trial was being heard at Inverness Sheriff Court but it was halted following a request by the defendant’s lawyer.

It is understood that the person who was affected was the alleged victim in the case.

A Public Health Scotland spokesman said: "In line with national protocols, Public Health Scotland (PHS) is working with NHS Boards and wider partners to investigate a small number of potential cases of monkeypox in Scotland.

"As announced on 23 May, there is one confirmed case of monkeypox in Scotland. It would not be appropriate for PHS to comment on individuals."


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