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Supervision order for Lossiemouth teen after 'wake-up call' incident

By Court Reporter

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A TEENAGER abused illicit substances so much that he didn't remember throwing a stone through the window of a Lossiemouth property and returning hours later to search for drugs.

But Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 19-year-old Anson Dodds had had "a wake-up call" and his solicitor, Grant Daglish, said his client was engaging with agencies to address his problems.

The lawyer told Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald: "Substances had been taken and he has no idea why he did it.

"He realised it was his substance abuse which was getting the better of him.

"He is starting a college course in Aberdeen in February and has also applied for a job in Tesco."

Placing Dodds under a year's social work supervision and ordering him to carry out 105 hours of unpaid community work, Sheriff Macdonald told him: "This might be your first offence but it is a serious one.

"However, I note that you are making progress on your various problems."

The court had previously been told that Dodds cut himself as he removed broken shards of glass to gain access, but the occupant of the flat heard him and called police after locking himself in the bathroom.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that when officers arrived on the morning of November 29 last year they saw Dodds, of Hillview Place, Lossiemouth, holding a knife.

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood told Sheriff Macdonald that the teenager was told to drop it, which he did before running off.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and when he was searched bank cards and blister packs of medication were found in his possession.

Dodds admitted theft by housebreaking and possession of a knife.

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