Published: 18/07/2012 09:22 - Updated: 20/07/2012 09:32

Painter poured boiling water over woman at Nairn party

Court stock picA MAN sprinkled boiling water from a kettle over a sleeping woman to wake her up at party.

Painter and decorator Colin McInnes went into the bedroom of a flat at Queen Street in Nairn on Saturday night and poured the water over Heather Dooley.

But the prank landed McInnes in the dock of Inverness Sheriff Court.

Depute Fiscal Karen Smith told the court a number of people had been drinking at the flat and about 7pm and Miss Dooley said she wished to retire and went to a room to lie down.

A couple of hours later it appeared to everyone she was still asleep and there was a discussion about how they could wake her up.

The fiscal said McInnes decided he would pour water over her and he went to the kitchen and took a kettle which had been recently boiled into the bedroom and sprinkled the water across the bedclothes as she lay on the bed and water splashed onto her.

Mrs Smith said she woke up and she went into the living room and told others she thought she had been burned and asked for an ambulance to be called – but she was ignored.

“She went home and her sister called for an ambulance and she was taken to Raigmore Hospital.”

Mrs Smith said she was treated for her injuries and while it was expected the she would be subject to treatment for six to eight weeks, a consultant had said it was anticipated there would be no permanent scarring.

McInnes (21) of Riverbank Terrace, Nairn, admitted on July 14 culpably and recklessly causing boiling water to pour from a kettle onto Heather Dooley causing her injury.

The fiscal said McInnes told police it was a stupid thing to do and he didn’t think what he was doing.

She said he told officers: “It was just a stupid prank. It went wrong. I was a f.....g idiot.”

Defence solicitor Diane McFarlane said McInnes had a good work ethic and was employed as a painter and decorator and hoped to go to work this week on the west coast.

She said he accepts he was foolish and apoligised for his actions.

Sheriff McFarlane deferred sentence until August 9 for criminal justice social work reports.

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