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Jail for Buckie man who caused stand-off with police

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A BUCKIE man who caused a stand-off for several hours with police and the fire service has been jailed.

John Wilson appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court for sentencing.
John Wilson appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court for sentencing.

On the afternoon of September 16, John Wilson used a hammer to attack another man who he'd been drinking with, leaving his victim with a head injury.

The 33-year-old then ran into his own house in Milton Drive and smashed a window.

Speaking at Inverness Sheriff Court on Thursday, April 21, fiscal depute David Morton said: "A number of police units were dispatched to the scene and the area was cordoned off."

Mr Morton stated that the police tried to engage with Wilson for several hours and eventually brought in a trained negotiator.

Wilson, who was threatening to self-harm, also claimed he would set his house on fire, which led to the fire service being called in.

He then lit some paper within the property, setting off the fire alarm for a short while.

Mr Morton added it was about 10.30pm before Wilson finally emerged from the house in a "distressed state" and was arrested.

Defence solicitor Stephen Carty told the court that Wilson had assaulted the man because he believed something had been stolen from him.

Mr Carty said: "He grossly over-reacted to what he thought was happening. He has been diagnosed with having a low threshold for aggression."

Wilson, who had earlier admitted threatening behaviour and assault, was jailed for a year.

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