A Perthshire man was locked up overnight after breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules to travel 15 miles to a raucous house party.
Ian Carmichael was found breaking bail conditions at the party in Perth, which was creating so much noise that neighbours phoned the police.
The 36-year-old, of Crofton Place, Coupar Angus, admitted breaching bail by being in the home of his partner Catherine Mackinnon in Florence Place, Perth, on Wednesday.
Depute fiscal Lisa Marshall told Dundee Sheriff Court: “He had a bail condition not to approach Catherine Mackinnon. There was a report of a disturbance at her address.
“There appeared to be a party ongoing and the accused was traced along with her. He made no reply to caution and charge.”
Carmichael, who ignored lockdown to travel from Coupar Angus to the party in Perth, had only been freed on bail a fortnight earlier.
Solicitor David Holmes, defending, said: “He has been with this lady for a short time. Unfortunately, what’s taken place is that she wishes to continue with the relationship.
“Mr Carmichael had been staying with his mother in Coupar Angus. His partner had come there and left something and he went to give her it back.
“He had been in her company. It’s fair to say he feels a degree of protectiveness towards the complainer because she was the victim of an assault a week ago.
“She is older than he is and a vulnerable individual and is finding it difficult without him.”
He added: “There was a small party going on.
“He had the requirement that he didn’t attend the property, and the neighbours have seen him there and reported him.
“He has tried to move away from his previous associations. He appreciates that the court’s patience is not inexhaustible.”
Sheriff John Rafferty said: “Do you understand the precarious situation you are in? The only things I can do are imprison you or get a report.
“You are very close to a custodial sentence here. Even if your partner invites you you cannot go round.”
He deferred sentence on Carmichael for reports and granted him bail.
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