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Detention for Caithness youth who racked up offences in Inverness and Dingwall


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The case was heard at Inverness Sheriff Court.
The case was heard at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A teenager who absconded from his care home and embarked on a crime spree was sent to detention for 20 months at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Scott Shearer was 17 at the time in 2022 when he severely injured a man with a glass bottle, broke into various business premises, breached a court curfew and assaulted a police officer.

Shearer, now aged 19, of Harrow Terrace, Wick, appeared for sentence before Sheriff Sara Matheson after admitting a total of six charges.

On February 26, 2022 he punched his victim on the head and repeatedly struck him with a glass bottle. This offence was aggravated by prejudice towards sexual orientation.

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On March 12, he broke into a newsagent's shop in Farraline Park, Inverness and stole cigarettes and alcohol.

Four days later he broke into a Scotmid store in Glenurquhart Road, Inverness and stole more cigarettes and alcohol.

On April 10, Fone Fitness in Dingwall's High Street was his target and he took mobile phones and accessories.

A day later, he breached his curfew and, when he was arrested in Warden's Lane, he spat at a constable and attempted to kick him on the body.

Defending, Atlanta Jack told the court that her client had absconded from a care home and "was associating with older peers who were negative influences.”

She added: "They were providing him with illicit substances. He is currently serving a two month sentence."


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