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Man sent threatening texts.
Man sent threatening texts.

A ROW over access to his child prompted a Balintore man to send menacing text messages to the boy’s mother, Tain Sheriff Court heard yesterday.

Lee Sharkey (34) of Abbotshaven, admitted sending the text messages repeatedly between October 27 and 30, placing the woman in a state of fear and alarm.

Depute Fiscal Roderick Urquhart said Sharkey was supposed to get access to the child earlier in the day of October 27 but he had been in hospital. He turned up at 4pm at a relative’s, where the boy was being looked after.

He was refused access and felt aggrieved.

“The accused then started sending abusive texts to his former partner, the mother of the child.”

Mr Urquhart said one of the texts said: “I should have finished you off three years ago, the night of the wedding.”

The fiscal said the accused’s ex partner took that as a threat of violence and there were further threatening texts, one stating “you’re going to get it big time”.

The messages were shown to police and Sharkey was detained.

Alison Foggo said the offence was born “out of frustration and alcohol consumption”.

“He can by and large conduct himself properly. But he verged into the unacceptable here,” she added.

Reports were before the court and Sheriff Mungo Bovey placed Sharkey on a 12 months’ community payback order with a good conduct requirement.

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