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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Scaffolder avoids jail over punching another man in the street

By Ali Morrison

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The Inverness Justice Centre.
The Inverness Justice Centre.

An Inverness man has avoided jail after knocking another man unconscious in the street.

Lewis Fitzgerald (18) happened across Ryan Strachan outside Fitzgerald’s home in Cook Drive at around 8pm on October 17 last year.

The court heard how the scaffolder approached his victim and punched him in the face.

Fitzgerald, now of the city’s Quayside Court, had previously admitted the assault to injury when he appeared for sentencing at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans said the pair had a “history of bullying” and that his client “threw quite a powerful punch”.

Mr Strachan ended up unconscious and had to be taken to hospital the court was told.

Sheriff Mark Stewart said: “There’s no circumstances in which this offence can be condoned in any way.

“You rendered a man unconscious in the street.”

Fitzgerald was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. He will also be under supervision for nine months.

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