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Accused leads police on merry chase around Inverness Justice Centre after jumping the dock

By Alan Shields

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The Inverness Justice Centre locator..Court...Picture: Gary Anthony..
The Inverness Justice Centre locator..Court...Picture: Gary Anthony..

A young offender jumped the dock at Inverness Sheriff Court and led police on a frantic chase through the city's justice centre.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named due to reporting restrictions, was due up for sentencing for threatening and abusive behaviour when the escapade unfolded.

After a lengthy background report from his solicitor, the youth decided to vault over the dock and rushed through the door to the sheriff's chambers.

Police who were in the court room chased after him but appeared to lose him in the back corridors of the court, normally reserved for only staff.

Officers managed to apprehend the suspect and he later appeared back in court on the same day from custody.

Despite the large amount of mitigation given earlier as to his “troubled background”, Sheriff Gary Aitken said he had no choice but to lock the teenager up.

The teen had admitted brandishing a knife at police officers at an address in Inverness on April 19.

He also shouted and swore at the two officers and threatened to harm himself.

He was sentenced to 11 months behind bars.

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