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30-Sep-16, 16:41
Wick man guilty of "violent" assault with table leg

A WICK man has been found guilty of a violent attack on a couple in their home.

The victims, Nadia Devine and a 16-year-old youth who can't be named for legal reasons, both required medical attention following the assaults by Alexander Macalpine, on October 28, last year.

Wick Sheriff Court heard that Ms Devine, 26, and the teenager, were lying on the bed at her home in Cairndhuna Terrace, Wick, when her former boyfriend burst in and set about them with the table leg, inflicting extensive injuries.

The teenager eventually managed to disarm Macalpine, 26, who ran from the house but was later arrested by the police.

He denied the assaults and threatening or abusive behaviour, and entered a special defence of alibi.

Finding Macalpine of 30 Battery Road, Wick, guilty, Sheriff Andrew Berry expressed surprise that he had not been prosecuted under "solemn procedure" which carries a custodial sentence far in excess of the year maximum under summary procedure.

Macalpine was previously jailed for three years for extortion and the sheriff continued the current case to ascertain whether there was still a portion of that sentence remaining to be served when the accused had committed his latest offences

Sheriff Andrew Berry called for a background report which will also assess whether Macalpine is a danger to the general public and if a non-harassment order requires to be imposed.

The accused was remanded, pending sentence on October 14.