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Unpaid work for teenager who threatened Forres youths with nail-studded plank of wood

By Ali Morrison

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A TEENAGER who was involved in disturbances in Forres and Inverness within eight days of each other has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

Jordan Hughes, of Wyvern House, Inverness, was also placed under social work supervision for a year at Inverness Sheriff Court.

The penalty was imposed for a February 12 incident in Forres near Castlehill Road when the 18-year-old confronted a group of youths with a length of wood with nails sticking out and challenged them to fight.

Hughes admitted possessing an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour.

Defence solicitor Mike Chapman said: "He became aware of a young family member being at a party there and was concerned. He had it to warn them off."

The court heard that the second incident was at Wyvern House, in Inverness, where he pushed a woman who fell against a wall and hit her head.

Fiscal depute Victoria Silver said he then smashed a glass before leaving the flat.

Mr Chapman said of that offence: "He was drunk and takes full responsibility. He is on other community payback orders and doing well."

Hughes pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and sentence was deferred until June 7 for his good behaviour and when a review of his other orders will be carried out.

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