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Police officer kicked during welfare check on Inverness man


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

Police officers were concerned for the welfare of an Inverness IT worker who had been furloughed during the Covid-19 outbreak.

But when officers arrived at Iain Paterson’s home in Highfield Avenue, Inverness, he kicked one of the constables in the chest.

Paterson appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court this week and admitted the assault on the police officer, which occurred on August 2.

The court heard that officers saw dried blood on the 29-year-old’s hand as he stood at the top of the stairs.

They tried to take hold of him to establish whether or not he had a sharp instrument and the assault took place.

Sentence was deferred until September 24 for a background report.

Defence solicitor Duncan Henderson told the court: “His work had dried up due to Covid and so did his help and support for his mental health.”

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