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Aviemore teen spat in policeman's face

By Gavin Musgrove

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An Aviemore teenager who spat in the face of a policeman in Inverness city centre has been ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work.

Jason Mullen (18), of Milton Park, Aviemore was also placed on a restriction of liberty order for six month from 7pm to 7am.

In addition, Mullen will be under social work supervision for a year, all as an alternative to custody.

Earlier this year, Mullen had admitted the pre-Covid UK crisis assault in Baron Taylor’s Street, Inverness, which occurred on December 30, 2019.

Sentence had been deferred for a background report until today.

He also pleaded guilty to wilfully damaging a taxi by smashing its rear window with a Buckfast tonic wine bottle after the assault.

Solicitor David Patterson said Mullen offered no excuse for the offences.

He added that his client's recollection was limited because he was intoxicated.

“Sober he comes across as a nice chap. But clearly there’s an alternative side to him. He has not been in trouble since.” Mr Patterson told Inverness Sheriff Court.

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