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Young burglar given last chance to stay out of jail after thefts from Inverness homes

By Court Reporter

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A burglar was given a community sentence after Inverness Sheriff Court heard about his difficult background.

Jordan Stewart (20) had spent the last five months on remand in a young offenders’ institution after admitting breaking in to houses in Annfield Road and Lodge Road in Inverness last year.

He had also pleaded guilty to smashing a car window in Old Mill Road and stealing a wallet containing £150 and a credit card.

The Annfield Road and car break-ins took place on August 9 while the incident in Lodge Road occurred 10 days later.

Sentence was deferred for social work and psychological reports and defence agent solicitor advocate Shahid Latif pointed out to Inverness Sheriff Court last week that, due to the remand period, Stewart had already served the equivalent of a 10-month detention.

He told the court: “He knows he is on the cusp of being transferred from a YOI to an adult prison and all the problems that would entail if he doesn’t stop offending. I have been perfectly blunt with him that this offending has to come to an end.”

Mr Latif said Stewart, described in court papers as a Polmont prisoner, but from Scaniport, had drifted into drugs after his parents separated when he was very young.

“He found that very difficult and it led to bullying at school and depression,” he said. “Then his mother passed away.”

The lawyer urged Sheriff Margaret Neilson to impose a community payback order to help Stewart rehabilitate.

She ordered Stewart to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and placed him under two years social work supervision.

She also warned him that, with his record, he would receive a custodial sentence if he breached the order or otherwise re-offended.

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