Traveller admits baseball bat attack

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A MEMBER of the travelling community has admitted attacking a Stonehaven teenager with a baseball bat.

The thirteen year-old Mackie Academy pupil was left with permanent damage to his arm in the attack, which took place on August 20 last year.

Alexander Burke, 19, appeared on indictment and pleaded guilty to striking the boy on the arm to his severe injury and permanent impairment in the town’s Mineralwell Park.

Stonehaven Sheriff Court heard that the victim had suffered a chipped elbow and had to undergo surgery following the incident. Wires had to be inserted into his arm and he was forced to undergo five months of physiotherapy. The court heard that he is still unable to straighten his arm.

Procurator Fiscal Eilidh Wright said the boy had been out in Stonehaven with friends and at 10.15pm had been walking to Mineralwell Park.

He became aware of a car coming up behind him and stopping beside him.

The court was told that Burke came out of the vehicle carrying a baseball bat, and swung it with “some force” from behind his shoulder and struck his victim on the elbow. He then got back in the car.

Mrs Wright added: “The victim has been affected psychologically. He’s wary of going out on his own and doesn’t like cars driving up alongside him.”

Sentencing was deferred until the end of the month in order to obtain background reports. Burke was released on bail but was ordered to report to Bucksburn Police Station at regular intervals.