Buckie man escapes jail sentence after breaking baby's leg
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A 25-year-old Buckie man who broke the leg of an infant was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work as an alternative punishment to jail.
Evan Metcalfe of Wallace Avenue, had previously admitted culpable and reckless conduct involving the child in a house in Buckie on January 22, 2020.
When charged, he told police it was an accident as he tried to "wind" the baby.
Sentence had been deferred for a background report which was read by Sheriff Sara Matheson who placed Metcalfe under social work supervision for a year.
Defence solicitor Stephen Carty said that the child's injury had fully healed and "this was an absolute one-off."
Sheriff Matheson told Metcalfe: "I am conscious of the degree of force required here.
"But I am persuaded to deal with this by a community payback order. However if you don't co-operate fully, you can take it from me that custody will be uppermost in the court's mind."