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Drunk Inverness teenager warned he was heading for a Young Offender's Institution after assaulting a police officer and then making threats to spit on other officers and kill them

By Ian Duncan

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A drunk teenager who assaulted a police officer and then made threats to spit on other officers and kill them was warned he was heading for a Young Offender's Institution.

Glen Wilson of Dochfour Drive, Inverness appeared for sentence at the city's Sheriff Court after previously admitting two charges of threatening behaviour and police assault.

Fiscal depute Pauline Gair told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that the first incident took place on December 3, 2020 when officers were called to Maclennan Crescent.

Wilson had been banging on a door and Mrs Gair said: "He was immediately hostile towards the police."

She added that the door was opened and Wilson attempted to enter. But an officer blocked his way and was kneed in the groin by Wilson.

"The 19-year-old made several other attempts and as he was being placed in the police van, he attempted to head-butt the officer. In the van, he made another attempt to head-butt." Mrs Gair went on.

Wilson also threatened to 'kick their heads in.'

The second incident took place at his home on February 13 this year when police were called to the property.

Wilson was being restrained by his father and he began shouting threats.

Mrs Gair told the court Wilson shouted: "I will kill you both. I will spit on you and then you will have Covid. I will petrol bomb your children."

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans said: "The background here is consumption of alcohol that he cannot handle. The background report indicates that the quantity of alcohol is quite extraordinary.

"But the penny has dropped. He has changed his habits and his circle of friends and has got a job as a tree planter.

"I am optimistic that we will not see him in court again." Mr Gowans added.

Sentencing Wilson to 200 hours of unpaid work as an alternative to custody for the police assault and one charge of abusive behaviour, Sheriff Neilson told him he was racking up a number of convictions.

The Sheriff deferred sentence on the disturbance at his home until January 13, 2022, when his progress on the community payback order will be reviewed.

"If the report is not good, you may well find yourself on your way to a Young Offdender's Institution." Sheriff Neilson warned Wilson.

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