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Shop worker punched after telling customer who was barred from Inverness shop to leave

By Ali Morrison

Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A shop worker in Inverness was assaulted when he told a customer who had been barred to leave the premises.

Neil Macdonald (29) of Benula Road, Inverness, punched the employee repeatedly on the head at the store in the city’s Lochalsh Road.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the incident was captured on CCTV and Macdonald admitted committing the assault on November 5.

He also pleaded guilty to another incident two weeks later in Inshes Road, Inverness, where he struggled with police and resisted arrest.

In that incident, the court heard, a police officer had opened his car door and moved to step out, but Macdonald pushed the door from the outside to prevent him from exiting.

A struggle ensued after he was detained.

Solicitor Duncan Henderson said Macdonald had “a bit of a melt-down” on that date.

He was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

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