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Drunk pushed teenager on to railway track in Muir of Ord

By Gregor White

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Sheriff Margaret Neilson: Reports.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson: Reports.

A drunk pushed a teenage boy on to a railway track because the youngster had laughed at him, Inverness Sheriff Court was told.

James Wynn was in the railway station in Muir of Ord during the evening of Saturday, January 25 while two 14 year old boys were sitting on a bench.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir said that the 35 year old of Vulcan Cottage, Muir of Ord, responded to the boys shouting at him, by shouting and swearing back at them, saying he would "murder" them.

"The teenagers were scared by this and one ran off only to be chased by Mr Wynn. Then the other boy was pushed on the body off the platform and on to the tracks.

"Fortunately no trains were in or out of the station at the time but a train was due 20 minutes later. The boy suffered a mild concussion and a slight cut to the back of his head. Police were called and Wynn was quickly traced."

Wynn appeared from custody and admitted threatening behaviour and assault to injury.

Defence solicitor Neil Wilson said his client had been placed on a community payback order just six days ago and a background report would be required.

He said: "He was intoxicated and the boys were laughing at him."

Sheriff Margaret Neilson said: "But he is 35 and they were only 14 years of age."

Mr Wilson acknowledged the sheriff's comment and added: "The best thing I can say for him is that he is pleading guilty at the first opportunity, accepting responsibility and avoiding the need for the two boys to go through the ordeal of a trial."

He asked that his client be released on bail because of his early plea and the fact that he had settled accommodation.

But Wynn was remanded in custody pending sentence on February 13.

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