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Inverness cyclist assaulted pedestrian after being doused with coffee

By Ali Morrison

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A cheeky remark by a cyclist to a pedestrian prompted a cup of coffee to be thrown over him by his target.

So 33-year-old Craig MacLeod, of Thornbush Road, Inverness got off his bike and punched the man in the face once, fracturing his eye socket.

The incident happened on September 8, 2022 in Academy Street, Inverness and he admitted assault to severe injury.

Defence solicitor advocate Clare Russell told Inverness Sheriff Court: "It is accepted by the Crown that there was provocation in this case."

She asked Sheriff Gary Aitken not to jail her client. He replied: "Who precipitated all this – him."

Ms Russell went on: "He went off the rails in spectacular fashion when his relationship broke up and was abusing alcohol and illicit substances.

"He is anxious to turn his life around. It is a lifestyle he doesn't want to continue with."

MacLeod was ordered to carry out 90 hours of unpaid community work and placed on a two-year drug treatment and testing order.

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