‘Val­ued worker’ avoids prison

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News -

A £60,000-a-year off­shore oil worker who fright­ened his neigh­bours when he turned up at their door armed with a knife avoided a jail sen­tence yes­ter­day.

But Sher­iff Mar­garet Neil­son warned 25-yearold Con­nor Wil­liamson: “I hope this has been a wake-up call for you. It would be a great pity if you threw all you have achieved away."

She or­dered that he re­main un­der so­cial work su­per­vi­sion for a year and to car­ry­out240 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity work as an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody.

In­ver­ness Sher­iff Court was told Wil­liamson was highly val­ued by his em­ploy­ers and was set for a “once in a life­time" pro­mo­tion if he was not jailed, lawyer Clare Rus­sell said.

How­ever she added he al­most blew his chances when “per­sonal and stress­ful is­sues" drove

“I hope this has been a wake-up call for you”

him to drink and drugs in Jan­uary last year.

Wil­liamson, now of King Street, In­ver­ness, went to the door of his then neigh­bours in Telford Court to ask a ques­tion. But when the knife was spot­ted, he put his foot in the door to pre­vent it be­ing shut.

He ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in an abu­sive and threat­en­ing man­ner, pre­sent­ing a knife and ut­ter­ing threats. He also pleaded guilty to fail­ing to ap­pear for an ear­lier hear­ing.

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til yes­ter­day for prepa­ra­tion of a back­ground re­port.

Ms Rus­sell added: “He had per­sonal dif­fi­cul­ties at the time as well as a stress­ful pe­riod at work and con­sumed al­co­hol and il­licit sub­stances to ex­cess.

“He has lit­tle rec­ol­lec­tion of the in­ci­dent but in his con­fused and dis­in­hib­ited state, he thought that the pre­vi­ous res­i­dents were still there."

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