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Courts in Moray: Son pleads guilty to threatening behaviour

By Ali Morrison

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Elgin Sheriff Court.
Elgin Sheriff Court.

A son who launched a tirade of abuse against his mother has been ordered to carry out unpaid work for the community.

Mark Stewart appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court in handcuffs yesterday having been held on remand for the past eight weeks.

The court was told that, on April 18, neighbours heard screaming, swearing and shouting coming from a property in Elgin.

Stewart, who's aged 26, admitted a charge of threatening and abusive behaviour as well as damaging a wall and a door by punching them.

He also admitted breaking a window by throwing a coffee table at it, damaging a car by kicking it and struggling with his mother.

Fiscal Depute Victoria Silver told the court that the mother had unsuccessfully tried to climb over a garden wall to escape.

When police officers arrived at the property they found her in a "distressed state", Ms Silver added.

Stewart also admitted a separate offence which took place at his home in Letterfourie Road, Buckie on April 14 – four days before the other incident in Elgin.

On this occasion police arrived unannounced at the property and asked him to take a breath to show he was abstaining from alcohol.

This broke bail conditions imposed on March 10 which banned him from drinking.

Sheriff Paul Reid ordered Stewart to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work for the community within the next 12 months.

Stewart was also placed under court supervision for the next two years to try help him combat his drinking.

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