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Unpaid work order for Portknockie teen who assaulted passer-by

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A PORTKNOCKIE teenager has admitted assaulting a passer-by and vandalism in Inverness.

Jack Grieve admitted vandalism and assault to injury.
Jack Grieve admitted vandalism and assault to injury.

Jack Grieve (19) had been thrown out by his mother and then his father before moving into homeless accommodation in Inverness.

However, he got into trouble with the police in April last year.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that Grieve was in Laurel Avenue, Inverness at 4.30am on April 19 when he maliciously damage the wing mirror of a van.

The incident was captured on CCTV and he was identified from the footage.

Grieve went on to assault a pedestrian an hour later on Tomnahurich Street, Inverness.

Fiscal depute Susan Love said: "Grieve asked the man for a lighter but he said he didn't smoke and walked on.

"However, he felt a kick on his back and then he was punched in the face, pushed to the ground and punched again, causing his lip to swell and bleed."

Grieve admitted assault to injury and vandalism.

His defence solicitor Neil Wilson told Sheriff Ian Cruickshank: "He had been kicked out by his mother at the age of 15 and moved in with his father.

"He was then kicked out by his father and was in homeless accommodation in Inverness.

"He was not in a happy place and was aimless. He now seems to have turned his life around and is on a course in London which he hopes will lead to employment.

"He has also built bridges with his father and is back with him in Portknockie."

Grieve was sentenced to 60 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £100 of compensation to each of his victims.

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