Bail for beanfeast party assault youth

A teenager who struck another youth on the head with a bottle at an end of term beanfeast after-party has been bailed and warned not to approach his victim or commit other offences on bail.

The 17-year-old, from Quarff, admitted the assault, which took place at Ness Boating Club on 19th December, at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The court heard that the youth, though not a pupil at the Anderson High School, had attended the post-beanfast bash and had got into an argument with the complainer. He then lifted a bottle from the table and struck the other youth over the head with it. When the victim fell to the floor, he struck him with the bottle again before he was pulled away, according to procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie.

The victim suffered a two-centimetre cut on the hairline, but this was unlikely to be a permanent disfigurement, Mr MacKenzie added.

Sheriff Philip Mann said that it was a “serious matter” and not outwith warranting a custodial sentence. He called for reports and imposed bail conditions on the teenager that he attend any future hearings, remain out of trouble and do not contact the complainer in any way.


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