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20-Apr-13, 08:15
Accused is subject to supervision order for eighteen months
A WOMAN, who received an unwelcome visit from a neighbour, late one night has told a court that she doesn't wish all contact with him to be severed.
Ms Yvonne Wilson was replying to a request from Sheriff Andrew Berry who had sought her views about whether Kenneth Scobie should be subject to a non-harrassment order.
Her opinion that it wasn't necessary, was conveyed to Wick Sheriff Court, yesterday, following Scobie’s appearance earlier in the week when he admitted threatening or abusive behaviour by entering middle-aged Ms Wilson’s home at 3 Baikie Place, Thrumster, uninvited, on March 13.
The court heard how she was awakened shortly after 11pm by the sound of footsteps and called out –Who’s there!” Next she heard the sound of the intruder retreating and waited a few moments before turning on a light and checking there was no-one there.
Fifty-five-year-old Ms Wilson contacted a friend and, after ascertaining there was no-one in the house, they informed the police.
There was snow on the ground and the officers had no difficulty in following footprints leading straight to Scobie’s home, next door at No 5.
He told them that his intentions were innocent and that he had only entered Ms Wilson’s house, on a good-neighbour basis after discovering her patio doors were unlocked. The accused said that he had panicked after he heard Ms Wilson cry out and ran away. The court was told that he appreciated that the actions would have been “alarming” for her.
David Barclay, prosecuting, reported that Ms Wilson had been consulted. While she was not in favour of a non- harrassment order being imposed, she didn’t want the impression to be given that she would welcome Scobie into her home. But she felt there might be occasions where “pleasantries” would be required to be exchanged.
Sheriff Andrew Berry said that Scobie appreciated that getting such an uninvited visitor would have been an “unpleasant experience” for Ms Wilson, adding: “There is nothing to indicate you meant her any harm but it still would have been a matter of concern for her.”
The sheriff imposed an 18-month supervision order on Scobie with a conduct requirement which bans him entering Ms Wilson’s home or garden "without her express permission".
Mr Barclay commented that the conditions would give Ms Wilson a measure of protection without being “overly harsh” yet contained a measure of flexibility.