Published: 14/09/2012 15:46 - Updated: 14/09/2012 15:49

Labourer jailed for community payback breach

Court.A Wick labourer convicted for drug dealing has been jailed for six months after breaching a community payback order.

Roddy Atiken (27), of no fixed abode, admitted the breach at Wick Sheriff Court.

Aitken had taken a day off work to attend unpaid work in the community to make up for his misdeeds – supplying ecstasy and cannabis resin last October.

But due to a family emergency, he turned up late to discover his place had been filled by another offender.

Defence agent Alex Burn said Aitken had become distressed by his inability to do his unpaid work on August 30 and had then argued with the supervising officer.

The row dad escalated and Aitken had been verbally abusive and threatened violence

Mr Burn said his client, who has now been drug-free for two months, could do with an “attitude readjustment.”

Sheriff Andrew Berry said threatening someone in these circumstances was “an outrage” and “completely unacceptable”.

On his release, his community payback order is to continue but without the unpaid work element as Sheriff Berry said it would be unacceptable to ask the same supervising officer to have to deal with the offender again.

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