‘Lessons to learn’ for teenager

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A teenager who assaulted a man sitting in a car was sentenced to a 12-month Community Payback Order and told to do 60 hours of unpaid work.

Terry Skeet, 19, of Queens Drive, admitted repeatedly striking a man on the head and butting him on the body in Lintburn Street, Galashiels, on May 21. Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock said the complainer had been sitting in a car at 3.50pm with his two-year-old daughter when he noticed the accused in his wing mirror “staggering and carrying a bottle of alcohol”.

The child began crying when the two men argued, and as the man went to get out of the car, Skeet tried to stop him.

“He grabbed his jacket and tried to head butt him, and was shouting and swearing,” explained Ms McLintock.

On a further complaint, Skeet also admitted recklessly throwing bottles and a kitchen bin full of refuse from a third-floor window in Gala Park Court, Galashiels, on April 2, to the danger of others. He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Defence solicitor Iain Burke told Selkirk Sheriff Court things had since improved for Skeet, who plays rugby for Hawick Linden and had gone to live with his grandmother in Hawick.

“He is also involved in coaching children’s teams and recently passed a referees’ course for children’s matches,” said Mr Burke.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond told Skeet, who was on deferred sentence for the April offence when he committed the May assault: “You were given an opportunity to show that you could behave, and failed to take advantage of that in a pretty spectacular way.

“It is clear that you have lessons to learn,” he added.