Youth inflicted burns on friend
A TEENAGER inflicted burns on a friend after a day of playing computer games together, Fort William sheriff court heard on Friday.
William Ringland, of Lochside Apartments in Fort William, admitted assaulting the 15-year- old by clamping a hair straightener around his wrist and holding it there on November 9 last year.
Defence solicitor Clare Russell said the 18-year- old didn’t know the appliance was hot and removed it as soon as he realised he was burning his friend.
But procurator fiscal Alison Wylie argued that the straightener had been clamped around the victim’s wrist for about two minutes, causing burns which required ‘minor medical attention’.
Ms Wylie added the matter only came to light weeks later when a teacher noticed scarring on the victim.
Sheriff Brian Cameron deferred sentencing for a psychiatric report.