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Homeless man tried to use Findhorn home as laundry

By Court Reporter

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A homeless Morayshire man who has been living in a tent on a beach for around five years tried to use a woman's washing machine to clean his clothes.

Graham McAusland twice visited her home in Findhorn Court, near the famous sandy beach, thinking it was a local laundry.

He explained to police when charged with a breach of the peace that he thought the building was still in use despite having last used it in 1992.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that the 64 year old gained entry to the property on February 27 and February 29 this year as the woman was putting her cat out.

He was told of his mistake on the first occasion and not to return. But he did two days later, frightening the woman as he was standing in her utility room where her washing machine was located.

McAusland, who had been remanded in custody since March 2, admitted entering the property without permission.

His lawyer, Stephen Carty said: "The second attendance would have caused some alarm to the occupier.

"He intends to seek assistance from Moray Council on his release as he will not be able to return to the tent on the beach because of the lockdown."

Sheriff Gary Aitken admonished McAusland after getting an assurance from him that he understood the house was no longer a laundry and that he would not return.

The Sheriff added: "If you go back there, you will be arrested and go back to prison."

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