#AceUKNews – INVERNESS – April 24 – A man who throttled a 12-year-old girl until she collapsed unconscious has been ordered to carry out unpaid community work.
Paul Flint-Elkins, 20, of Inverness, assaulted the girl after she called him “chicken”, an earlier hearing at Inverness Sheriff Court was told.
The child was among a group of girls jumping between walls near Ashie Lane in Inverness in March last year.
Flint-Elkins said he could do the same before refusing a dare to do so.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson agreed with a submission by defence lawyer Duncan Henderson that Flint-Elkins could be dealt with by a community-based disposal.
He was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work as an alternative to prison.