Forres man walks free after admitting attack on girlfriend


Sentence was deferred for six months on a Forres man who admitted punching his girlfriend after they had been out drinking with friends.

23-year-old Shaun Grant appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday where he admitted the assault on Suzanne Kelly at their home in Seaforth Place on December 6 last year.

The court was told that Grant had grabbed his partner’s hair and held it in both hands, causing it come away from her scalp. Miss Kelly locked herself in the bathroom and called police, with Depute fiscal Kevin Corrins telling the court that when officers arrived they found Miss Kelly to be upset and were shown clumps of her hair on the coffee table.

Mr Corrins added that when found by officers Grant held out his hands and said “just arrest me”.

Grant was subsequently arrested and placed on bail with a condition that he not go near Miss Kelly – however, he breached bail conditions and was subsequently held in custody for ten days until Thursday’s hearing.

Grant’s defence agent Stephen Carty said that the last ten days had been a “good lesson” for his client who accepts liability and responsibility for the incident, adding that “matters between him and Miss Kelly are now at an end”.

Sheriff Peter Grant-Hutchison said that he would defer sentence on Grant for six months and ordered him to be on good behaviour.

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