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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Black Isle man remanded in custody after assaulting doorman at Gunsmiths in Highland capital as he makes third appearance before sheriff in a week

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Robert Frazer decided to remand Etchells in custody.
Sheriff Robert Frazer decided to remand Etchells in custody.

A 27-year-old Fortrose man appeared before a sheriff for the third time in a week after being arrested in Inverness at the weekend.

Zen Etchells from Station Road appeared from custody at Inverness Sheriff Court and admitted assaulting a member of door staff at Gunsmiths in Union Street, Inverness on Saturday night.

Fiscal depute Victoria Silver said that Etchells approached the security man, pushed him from behind and then started shouting and swearing.

Ms Silver added: "The member of door staff put his hand up to protect himself and Etchells threatened to knock him out, grabbed him by the shoulders and tried to punch him.

"But he missed so began to struggle violently with him."

Sheriff Robert Frazer addressed Etchells' defence solicitor, Duncan Henderson: "This is the third time I have seen him in a week."

Mr Henderson acknowledged the comment and added that his client was awaiting a drug treatment and testing order assessment which should be ready for July 28.

Sheriff Frazer deferred sentence on the new matter until then but remanded Etchells in custody "given your recent spate of alleged offending".

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