Torlundy woman broke kitchen window

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A Torlundy woman must prove she can behave herself for six months and pay compensation for a window damaged when she drunkenly went round to see her ex.

Vanessa Anne Matheson, 23, of Happy Valley, Torlundy, had previously admitted at Fort William Sheriff Court behaving in a threatening manner and damaging the window.

On Tuesday the court heard from procurator fiscal Martina Eastwood that Matheson had gone to an address in Fort William where she knew her former partner was. She banged on the door and shouted that she wanted to talk to him.

‘She was intoxicated,’ said the fiscal. The man, and the woman he was with, declined to talk to her. Matheson then went to the back of the house and damaged the kitchen window.

But her defence agent said that Matheson, a first-time offender, had only banged on the window in frustration and ‘did not expect it to break’.

He added that Matheson and the man had split up but she had received text messages from him and then discovered he was at the property in Fort William and that another woman was there.

Matheson worked for her father, a joiner, who was arranging for the window to be repaired.

Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald deferred sentence for six months for Matheson to be of good behaviour and to prove that restitution had been made for the window.


* Sheriff Macdonald was told that a  42-year-old man’s cases before the court on Tuesday were ‘waiting to happen, given his mental health needs’.

Hamish Melrose was defence agent for Philip McDonagh, of Foyers Road, Kinlochleven, who admitted offences of acting in a disorderly manner and breaching bail conditions between March 26 and April 14 this year in and around his home. His actions included playing music too loudly, singing and shouting and talking to people he had been ordered not to contact.

The court was told that McDonagh had been moved to the flat in September last year and now his needs were being reviewed; he is also on heavy medication.

McDonagh was given a community pay back order with one condition that he under take a period of supervision with social workers for six months.

‘Hopefully we can get you some help to help solve this issue,’ Sheriff MacDonald said.