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Sheriff praises 'public spirited' driver who intervened in a vicious Inverness street assault

By Ali Morrison

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An Inverness court has heard how a passing driver stopped as she saw a man being attacked in the street.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 30-year-old Liam Macdonald, of Church Street, Inverness, stopped attacking another man in the city’s Telford Street on May 27 after the woman stepped in.

He ran from the scene but was traced and arrested soon after.

Macdonald admitted committing assault to severe injury by punching and kicking the man and stamping on his head when he was on the ground.

His victim sustained a broken eye socket as a result of the attack on him.

Defence solicitor Ken Ferguson told the court his client had had a problem with drug misuse all his adult life and began falling into offending ways at the age of 17.

“When the other man took his hand and wouldn’t let go, my client over-reacted to the situation,” he said by way of explanation for the vicious attack.

Macdonald admitted previous convictions, including several for violence.

Mr Ferguson said he was recently jailed at Perth Sheriff Court for 12 months for another assault.

Jailing Macdonald for 22 months, backdated to May 29, Sheriff Margaret Neilson told him: “The charge may have been more serious if the very public-spirited and brave lady hadn’t stepped in to stop the assault.”

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