Man attacked by ferrets he stole to pay off drugs debt
In the dock, Marshall, 20, is accused of stealing four ferrets, four guinea pigs, three adult rabbits, four baby rabbits, a packet of bird feed, a plastic container, a skipping rope and two hutches.
It has the makings of a terrific act on Britain’s Got Talent.
A little disappointingly, Marshall denies it all.
Marshall does later admit to stealing the four ferrets and attempting to steal a rabbit in a hutch. His actions were recorded on CCTV footage from the victim’s in-shed camera.
Says fiscal depute Karen Smith:
“He had CCTV installed and he could see two males going into the shed. One of them was Marshall who seemed to be bitten on the hand by one of the ferrets. This allowed two of them to escape and Marshall removed the other two.”
Marshall’s solicitor John McColl tells the court:
“It is a very odd case and displays peculiar behaviour. It seems the idea to steal four ferrets was not his but the person with whom he was acting. He came up with the hair brained scheme because he wanted to sell them to pay off a drug debt…My client is an animal lover and is disgusted with himself and is extremely sorry.”
Marshall is duly banned from leaving home between 22:00-06:00 and ordered to carry out 175 hours community work.
There is no news on the two missing ferrets, who are feared lost to Inverness’s shadowy ferret trafficking cults.