Man jailed for 18 months af­ter cat­a­logue of crimes

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

A Fort Wil­liam man who ap­peared at the town’s sher­iff court on six sep­a­rate charges has been jailed for 18 months.

Allan Simp­son, 20, faced sen­tenc­ing on a litany of crimes, namely us­ing a ham­mer in an at­tempt to break into a cash dis­pens­ing ma­chine in Kin­lochleven on July 29 last year, re­peat­edly di­alling 999 on May 22 last year, threat­en­ing staff at Belford Hospi­tal on Septem­ber 14 last year, be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a knife at his home in Kin­lochleven in front of po­lice of­fi­cers on May 21 last year while re­fus­ing to put it down, and be­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive to­wards his par­ents on Septem­ber 5 this year.

Simp­son also broke his bail con­di­tions when he did not an­swer the door to po­lice of­fi­cers on Fri­day July 13.

Simp­son pleaded guilty to all charges.

Simp­son, of Kil­mallie Road, Caol, ap­peared from cus­tody af­ter an­other two cases against him, heard in In­ver­ness ear­lier in the week, had sen­tenced him to 18 months in jail.

De­fence agent Hamish Mel­rose said the hear­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing brought to a con­clu­sion a large num­ber of cases that he hoped the court could draw a line un­der.

He high­lighted to the court that Simp­son now had a med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis for his be­hav­iour.

Mr Mel­rose said: “Mr Simp­son has been look­ing for sta­bil­ity. It is sad that the way he has achieved it is through a prison sen­tence.”

How­ever, af­ter hear­ing the facts of all the cases, Sher­iff Eilidh Mac­Don­ald was minded to fine Allan £400, and she also sen­tenced him to four months in jail for the use of the knife in front of the po­lice of­fi­cers.

It is un­der­stood the sen­tence will run con­cur­rently with the first jail term.

The court was told the fines would be con­verted to prison time, as it was un­likely they would be paid when he was in jail.

Simp­son was also ad­mon­ished on the charges of break­ing his bail con­di­tions and as­sault­ing his par­ents.

“It is sad he’s achieved-sta­bil­ity through a prison sen­tence”

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