A TERRIFYING home invasion was carried out by an Inverness teen who smashed his way into a city house, beat the owner and then held him at knifepoint before stealing a car.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard how people living at the property in Castle Heather Road were woken by loud knocking on their patio doors at 1am on April 27.
They got up to put on the lights and saw 18-year-old Gavin Hampton and another man standing outside.
Depute fiscal Gary Aitken then described how a large concrete plant pot was thrown at the patio doors, which smashed the glass.
One of the occupants escaped out the front door and was able to raise the alarm.
Mr Aitken said: "Hampton entered the premises through the smashed window and attacked the householder.
"He [the householder] put his hands up to protect his face but was knocked to the floor and repeatedly punched on the head and body by Hampton who repeatedly shouted ‘where’s your money?’."
Mr Aitken said Hampton then began to search the house for cash and when the owner told him he had none, he responded: "Do you want me to get a f****** blade? I’ll get a f****** blade".
The ordeal continued as Hampton went into the kitchen and took a large knife from a knife block and demanded money from his victim, his bank card and his PIN number.
The fiscal said the victim insisted that he had left his wallet at work so Hampton demanded alcohol and was given a bottle of vodka.
Hampton then asked for cigarettes and the keys to the man’s VW Sirrocco before escaping in the car. The vehicle was later recovered in Ashton Road, Inverness.
When police arrived at the house the victim was found to be in a distressed state, with injuries to his face and he complained of a sore torso. Hampton was traced at 2.30am and remanded in custody.
Mr Aitken told Sheriff David Sutherland that the homeowner sustained a golf ball-sized lump on his forehead and a cut.
"He was sore on the right-hand side of his body where the majority of punches landed. He was understandably traumatised by events."
Sentence was deferred for reports on Hampton who admitted that on April 27 he forced his way into a property, assaulting the homeowner, brandished a knife in front of him and demanded money and his bank card, car keys, vodka and cigarettes.
The court also heard that Hampton, formerly of St Margaret’s Road in Inverness, had previous convictions including a bomb hoax call, assault to injury, possession of a knife and breach of court orders.
He had served various spells in young offender institutions and was released in March, weeks before the incident in Castle Heather Road.
He will reappear for sentence on August 29.