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Bullying backdrop to attack at Tesco supermarket by Conon teenagers as Highland sheriff orders report ahead of sentencing

By Ali Morrison

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A background of bullying led to two Conon Bridge teenagers attacking another youth outside a supermarket.

David Miller, aged 18 and 19-year-old Jack Coburn, both of Bridge View, appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court and admitted punching another teenager and hitting him on the head with a wire shopping backet.

The court was told that a security guard had to intervene to stop the attack at the Tesco supermarket in Dingwall on February 26, 2021.

Defence solicitor John MacColl told Sheriff Robert Frazer: "It was an unprovoked attack in law but there is a background. David Miller was bullied in school by this individual and was being verbally abused. It was not a random assault."

Sheriff Frazer called for a background report on both first offenders and deferred sentence until April 14.

He added: "I am thinking about a community-based disposal."

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