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Man punched boy in the face outside Telford Street chip shop in Inverness

By Court Reporter

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A MAN who assaulted a 12-year-old boy and stole his bike has been remanded in custody.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the incident happened at around 9pm on June 19.

Depute fiscal Alex Swain said William Williamson, who gave his address as Inverness Prison, was outside a chip shop in the city’s Telford Street when he demanded the boy get off his bike before grabbing it.

“When the boy refused the accused attempted to head butt him then punched him on the face, knocking him off the bike,” she said.

She added Williamson then grabbed the bike again and rode off before passers-by intervened and stopped him. Police were called and arrested him.

Williamson then had to be taken to Raigmore Hospital for treatment to a small cut on his head. At the hospital he became aggressive towards the arresting officers, calling them names and making threats to their families.

He then said he needed the toilet and while there, soaked his hands in urine and flicked it towards the officers.

He also spat at them.

The 31-year-old admitted charges of assaulting the boy and robbing him of his bike as well as behaving in a threatening manner and police assault.

Sheriff David Sutherland remanded Williamson until December 16 in order to obtain a background criminal justice social work report before sentencing.

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