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Nwicker60
28-Oct-11, 13:09
Sheriff says he came close to imposing custodial sentences.

THREE teenagers who torched a car in Wick have escaped custodial sentences.
Brett Webster (16) of Harrow Terrace and Andrew Beresford (18) formerly of Seaforth Avenue, Wick but now living in Golspie and Rachel Jones (20) of Roxburgh Road, Wick were all given lengthy unpaid community service terms when they appeared for sentence at Wick Sheriff Court today.
Sheriff Andrew Berry condemned their actions which, he said, had put others and themselves at risk, as “extremely foolish and dangerous”.
The sheriff added that he had come “very close” to passing custodial sentences.
Webster and Beresford admitted having wilfully set fire to Christopher Hendry’s car at the rear of his home in Wellington Street, Wick, in the early hours of March 4. Jones denied that charge but was found guilty after a trial.
Mr Hendry’s 6,500 Seat Leon car was totally destroyed and a neighbouring vehicle belonging to his father was damaged.

Full report to follow in update