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Wick man hit out when women tried to help him

By Court Reporter

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Two women were concerned for Ross Baxter when they encountered him under the influence of drink or drugs in the Wick street where he lives.

However, Francis Watt and her sister Priscilla got an unexpected reaction because Baxter (20) lashed out at them, Wick Sheriff Court was told on Wednesday.

The accused, of Cairndhuna Terrace, Wick, admitted reduced charges of assault by punching each of them once, on September 7.

Fiscal David Barclay said that the accused didn't appreciate that the women were trying to help him and added: "The accused’s demeanour indicated that he was heavily under the influence of something or other and they had a legitimate concern for his health."

Solicitor Fiona MacDonald said that Baxter had little recollection of the night's events.

Sheriff Andrew Berry deferred sentence on the accused until October 20 when he will consider a background report before passing sentence.

Baxter was released on bail but was made subject to a curfew.

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