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Highland man who failed to complete community payback order for hitting woman on the face lucky not to receive prison sentence, Inverness Sheriff Court hears


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.

AN Inverness man who failed to complete a 150-hour community payback order for attacking his partner has been instructed to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

The order imposed on Reece MacLeod (26), of St John’s Avenue, Inverness in March was revoked at Inverness Sheriff Court and replaced it with a new one.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank gave MacLeod a stiff warning that he was fortunate not to receive a lengthy prison sentence for breaching the old order.

He told MacLeod that a review of his progress would be carried out in four months’ time.

MacLeod admitted assaulting the woman on December 5, 2019 by slapping her on the face and pushing her over a couch in Birchwood Court, Inverness.

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood told the court at an earlier hearing that the pair had been smoking substances when an argument broke out.

Defence solicitor Clare Russell said her client had “prioritised his own work.”

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