Deserter Sheltered

The Scotsman, September 4, 1940.


An Inverness-shire woman was sent to prison for 21 days at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday for sheltering her son, a deserter from the Royal Air Force. She was Christina Spalding or Scott, Primrose Bay, Invermoriston, and she pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting her son, Alexander Scott, between July 29 and August 15, knowing him to be absent without leave from the Air Force. The Procurator-Fiscal said that Mrs Scott had had a previous warning. When the police were searching the house Mrs Scott became very talkative in the kitchenette, and suggested they should search the hen-house. The police noticed a trapdoor in the roof, and found the son crouching in an attempt to conceal himself. On behalf of Mrs Scott an agent pleaded that the offence was committed out of affection for the son. Sheriff J. P. Grant said he took a serious view of the offence, because it was deliberately committed.