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Boxer attacked teenage boy in Inverness city centre

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A promising young boxer attacked a teenage boy in Inverness city centre and stole his cigarettes and lighter because he was too young to smoke.

Igor Sliwinski, originally from Fort William, but of no fixed abode, admitted the assault and robbery which occurred in Academy Street on April 6 at Inverness Sheriff Court.

He was jailed for 120 days.

Sheriff Sara Matheson heard that the incident happened in Station Square at about 10pm.

Fiscal depute David Morton said: "He took exception to the fact that he (the teenager) was smoking and believed he should not have been. Words were exchanged and Sliwinski then seized him by the head and robbed him.

"When police traced him a short time later, he still had the items."

Defence solicitor Laura-Jane McFarlane said her 23-year-old client had a mental disorder and was homeless but his support worker was trying to arrange accommodation for him.

"He thought the boy was only 15 and should not be smoking."

The sentence was backdated to April 7 when Sliwinski appeared from custody.

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