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18-Jan-12, 16:15
Visit from stranger late at night must have been 'a frightening experience' said sheriff jailing accused

A THURSO woman was alarmed when a stranger walked into her home one night and began acting oddly.
She called the police and they arrested Scott Lindsay in the town’s Duncan Street. It happened only a day after he was granted bail for an incident outside the same address, Wick Sheriff Court was told today.
Lindsay (36) appeared from custody and admitted two charges of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and an extensive record. He was jailed for a year by Sheriff Andrew Berry.
It was stated that Lindsay, of Sweyn Road, Thurso, appeared to be “under the influence of something” when police responded to the first incident, on January 10.
Senior fiscal depute, David Barclay said that Lindsay was waving his arms about and challenging officers to fight.
Late the following night, Lindsay walked into the same woman’s house uninivited, removed his shoes in the hallway and began “acting in a peculiar way”.
Mr Barclay said: “The mere presence of a stranger coming in, uninvited, was rather alarming and distressing to the householder who was glad she was not alone and had a visitor with her. Lindsay left the house when told, and was arrested shortly afterwards.”
After appearing in court, the next day, Lindsay was medically examined but not found to have any problems which required further investigation.
Solicitor Neil Wilson said that neither the Duncan Street address or the female resident were known to the accused and there was no good reason for him being there.
Referring to a psychiatric report seen by the sheriff, Mr Wilson said that it was clear that the only things Lindsay was suffering from was self-induced condition, as a result of substances that were doing his mental health no good.
The solicitor continued: “He has little recollection of what happened, but has to accept responsibility for his actions and has apologised to the householder.”
Sheriff Berry said that Lindsay had a long history of public offending and it was a clear case where a custodial sentence had to be imposed.
He told Lindsay: “This must have been a very frightening experience for the lady and she is certainly entitled to a non-harassment order being imposed on you. You also caused the doctors a great deal of inconvenience thinking that you may have the potential for a serious mental health issue. The psychiatric report indicates you have no such difficulties. The information from the report indicates that your inappropriate behaviour was self-induced because you had voluntary taken drugs.”
Sheriff Berry warned Lindsay that if he persisted taking drugs, on his release from prison, he could find himself on a more serious prosecution, level involving a longer prison sentence.
The sheriff made a non-harassment order, banning Lindsay from contacting the Duncan Street resident and preventing him from going within 100 yards of her street.

Claimed more than 9,000 in benefit but wasn't entitled to it

THE sheriff called for reports on a Wick woman who failed to advise JobCentre Plus of a change in her circumstances and received 9,500 to which she was not entitled.
She was Sarah Marshall, of Dunnett Avenue, Wick. The offence occurred between May 13, 2007 and August 10, 2010, when the accused was living in Thurso.
Mr Barclay explained that the authorities had advised him that they now preferred to recover the monies due them, internally, by deducting a regular sum from the recipients of benefit. Marshall (26) is unemployed and in receipt of benefits.
Solicitor Mr Wilson, said that Marshall had been living “a somewhat chaotic lifestyle” during the period in question which was part of the reason she didn’t inform the authorities of a change of circumstances. She appeared to have put her difficulties behind her and adopted “a more sensible” lifestyle.
The accused, who pleaded guilty, was granted bail and will reappear for sentence on February 13.