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Man cleared of abducting woman and throwing snake at her

A woman who claimed her partner threw a snake at her after he had abducted her has been found guilty of contempt of court.

Eduards Koleda was cleared of holding Audrey Duffy against her will at an address in Arbroath last February.

Duffy claimed she couldn't remember anything about the incident when she was called to give evidence at Mr Koleda's trial.

She will be sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court in February.

Mr Koleda, 34, denied a charge of abduction and assault to injury.

He was found not guilty an hour into his jury trial.

A police officer told the trial he had been called to the scene and found Duffy crying and shaking in a neighbour's flat.

She then gave a statement that formed the basis of the charge against Mr Koleda.

'Wilful and flagrant'

Duffy claimed in court that she did not know if she had given a statement to police.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson then declined to lead further evidence and Mr Koleda was found not guilty.

It emerged that the trial had been delayed in starting earlier this week after Duffy failed to turn up for court.

She claimed she had not travelled from her home in Arbroath because Mr Koleda had called her and said that she wasn't needed.

Sheriff Alastair Brown found her guilty of contempt of court and told her it was "wilful and flagrant".

He said: "You can't take the word of the accused that you are not to come to court and give evidence against him."

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