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Man headbutted stranger on Forres High Street

By Ali Morrison

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A man who headbutted a complete stranger in Forres town centre has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Elgin Sheriff Court was told the assault took place on High Street during the course of December 14, 2021.

Two male witnesses spotted Joseph Stewart about a hundred yards away pushing and shoving with another man.

Fiscal depute Karen Poke said: "They came to the conclusion that the accused was under the influence and in an agitated state."
The court heard that Stewart then approached the witnesses and asked: "What are you two ladies looking at?"

Stewart, who was described as "immediately pugnacious", challenged them each in turn to a fight, asking if they wanted a "square go".

He then butted one of the witnesses.

It was stated that the victim was wearing a beanie hat which cushioned most of the blow's force.

Stewart, who address was given as Albyn Court, Nairn, admitted a joint charge of assault and acting in a threatening manner.

He was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work for the community within the next year.

Sheriff David Sullivan also placed him under a six-month curfew, banning him from leaving home between 8pm-8am.

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