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Inverness Sheriff Court hears community payback order was breached after offender was victim of a serious assault

By Gregor White

An unpaid work sentence was not carried out as an offender was in hospital and then fled the Inverness area.

Thomas Stewart (24), whose bail address was given as Cypress Place, Inverness, had been ordered to carry out 260 hours unpaid work for a range of offences including police assault, resisting arrest and threatening and abusive behaviour in Beauly last year.

This week solicitor Neil Wilson told Inverness Sheriff Court Stewart had been the victim of a serious assault, as a result of which and he had spent 14 days in hospital.

At one point he was in an induced coma he said.

Mr Wilson said that, on his release from hospital, Stewart did not feel safe in Inverness and went to stay in Falkirk instead.

Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood said Stewart may have had good reason to go there but should still have informed the social work department of the move.

Mr Wilson said Stewart had now returned to Inverness.

He had called him immediately, he said, to asked about any court orders outstanding on him.

He handed himself in immediately to admit to the breach of the community payback order.

Sheriff Fleetwood deferred sentence until October 10 for social inquiry reports.

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