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Inverness man who sexually assaulted another man spared jail and ordered to carry out 220 hours of unpaid community work, to remain under social work supervision for 15 months and placed on the Sex Offender's Register for the same period


By Ian Duncan


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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A 23 year old Inverness man who sexually assaulted another man was spared a jail sentence today.

Rory Harkness of Kessock Road, had been found guilty by a jury at Inverness Sheriff Court after trial last month of performing a sex act on the man after repeatedly asking him to have sexual intercourse.

The offence took place in a property in Wells Street on January 24, 2019 and sentence had been deferred for a background report.

Defence solicitor Duncan Henderson asked Sheriff Ian Cruickshank not to jail his client, as he was a first time offender who had "a good work ethic."

"The events of that night are a tragedy to my client and to the complainer," Mr Henderson added.

Sheriff Cruickshank agreed there was an alternative to custody.

He ordered Harkness to carry out 220 hours of unpaid community work and remain under social work supervision for 15 months.

Harkness was also placed on the Sex Offender's Register for the same period.


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