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Prison for masked thug who stormed into Alness home with weapon

By Hector MacKenzie

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Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood: Same treatment.
Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood: Same treatment.

MASKED thugs stormed into an Easter Ross home and confronted the terrified occupants with a baseball bat and hammer.

In the ensuing struggle, one of the intruders, weapon poised, accused one of the young victims of having previously kissed a girl.

When the men were unmasked in the rumble that followed, one was revealed as local teenager Ryan Renicks, who was subsequently jailed for his part in the bizarre attack.

The other masked raider was recognised as Jamie McCarrick, who returned to the dock this week for sentencing.

Renicks, an Alness 19 year-old but described as a Polmont prisoner, was dealt with in February and sentenced to 12 months' detention.

McCarrick of Glenesk Crescent, Darnley failed to appear at that hearing but was later arrested.

They had burst in to the property, their faces covered by scarves and hoods, Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood was told at Inverness Sheriff Court.

After the struggle, the pair made off but were later traced by police.

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans said that the catalyst for the incident was a comment by one of the occupants about McCarrick's late mother. He said: "It was something about digging her up. He has struggled to cope with her death earlier in the year and he went round to the house."

Mr Gowans said McCarrick was currently serving a custodial sentence which ends on June 21.

Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood told McCarrick that he was not going to treat him any differently than his co-accused and jailed the 30 year-old for a total of 373 days to be served consecutively to his current period of incarceration.

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