The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Taxi driver in dispute damaged cars
A taxi driver who was in dispute with his neighbours took revenge on them by secretly vandalising their cars over a 10-day period.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard that 57-year-old Craig Roy of Greenwood Court, Milton of Leys, inflicted scratches on the bonnet, wheel arches and rear panels of six cars, including a Mercedes, an Alfa Romeo and a Mini between March 24 and April 6 this year.
It was not revealed at Inverness Sheriff Court what his motive was as Sheriff Gary Aitken called for a background report before hearing the facts from fiscal depute Anna Chisholm. But he warned Roy that custody was a “real possibility”.
The sheriff asked defence lawyer Laura-Jane
“Wasretaliation due to a neighbourhood dispute”
Macnaughton if there was an underlying issue “like mental illness”.
But Miss Macnaughton told him that there wasn’t, adding: “It was retaliation due to a neighbourhood dispute.
“There have been no further issues since and he is trying to sell his property and move elsewhere.”
The sheriff responded: “So it is pure badness.”
The lawyer said her client had made inquiries about repairing all the damage and got an estimate of £100 per car.
The sheriff commented: “I would be surprised if it is as little as that. I would have thought it would be more like thousands.”
He told Roy: “It is expensive to re-spray cars. I will get a background report to see what options there are.
“But custody is a very real possibility. If you keep your liberty, I suggest you start saving to pay for the repairs.”
Roy will re-appear for sentence on May 24 A rare blended malt made from whisky from eight Islay distilleries has been launched.
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