Woman at­tacked former part­ners in jeal­ous rage

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

A 34-year-old woman from the High­lands has been warned she could face jail for abus­ing two former part­ners dur­ing jeal­ous rages.

Joanne Coombs had faced 13 charges of sus­tained do­mes­tic abuse to­wards both men, in­volv­ing mo­bile phones, a bro­ken glass and a knife.

Yes­ter­day, she was found guilty of three of charges against her, with a jury at In­ver­ness Sher­iff Court tak­ing just more than 90 min­utes to re­turn ma­jor­ity not proven ver­dicts on 10 of them.

Dur­ing the trial, the court had heard ev­i­dence from her former part­ners Carl Wheatley, a 43-year old su­per­mar­ket de­part­ment man­ager, and 40-year-old forester Ian Scorgie.

At the con­clu­sion of the ev­i­dence, fis­cal de­pute Rod­er­ick Urquhart told the jury “it is un­com­mon for a woman to be charged with do­mes­tic abuse against men. The only per­son ly­ing in this court is Joanne Coombs.”

But de­fence ad­vo­cate Bill Adams urged the jury to ac­quit be­cause they should

“The only per­son ly­ing in this court is Joanne Coombs”

have “rea­son­able doubts” about both men’s ev­i­dence.

Hy­dru­alic tech­ni­cian Coombs, of Ard­croy Road, Croy, near In­ver­ness, had her sen­tence de­ferred un­til Oc­to­ber 18 for a back­ground re­port and her bail was con­tin­ued.

But Sher­iff Gor­don Fleet­wood told her, as she stood in tears in the dock, that she may be jailed.

“I can only stress that all pos­si­ble op­tions are still open to me,” he said.

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