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Nairn teen sprayed ‘staggeringly offensive’ anti-semitic graffiti and swastikas

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Gary Aitken heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A teenager who spray painted "Gas the Jews" and swastikas on walls and signs in Nairn over a two-month period has had his sentence deferred until August 15.

Peter Fonseca, of Macrae Avenue, Nairn admitted the three offences of malicious damage to property which occurred on the Riverside path between November 1 and November 19 last year; on Commercial Building in Church Road and the Riverside Park changing hut between January 31 and February 1.

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Fonseca was represented by defence solicitor Kevin Hughes who told Inverness Sheriff Court that there was a health background to his client.

Sheriff Gary Aitken was noticeably shocked by 18-year-old Fonseca's crimes.

He told the youngster: "I cannot over-emphasise to you how inappropriate at the very least behaviour of this kind is. The images and views you displayed are staggeringly offensive especially to those who fought and died to give you the freedom we all enjoy today.

"If this properly reflects your beliefs then there is something deeply wrong with you."

Fonseca will return next month to learn his fate after a background report has been prepared by social workers.

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