AN Inverness man described by his solicitor as having been the youngest registered alcoholic in Scotland has been given a chance to turn his life around by a sheriff.
Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist heard Lee Dyce had a troubled background and his list of previous convictions ran to 10 pages.
Dyce (26) of Roseberry Place, Inverness, appeared in Inverness Sheriff Court from custody today and admitted breaching a bail condition by contacting a woman at Kessock Road on August 23 and assaulting two police officers by spitting on them when he was arrested.
Depute Fiscal Karen Smith said when police tried to detained Dyce he tried to get away and they deployed a CS gas canister and took him outside. "When he was outside he spat at the police officers, spittle landed on both of their trousers numerous times."
Marc Dickson, solicitor, said Dyce had been on a drug treatment testing order from the court. "But the principal root addiction is not drugs but alcohol. He was the youngest registered alcohol in Scotland since his early teens and comes from a disadvantage background."
Mr Dickson said there was a care package available to Dyce to help him address his alcohol problem if he was given his liberty.
Sheriff Gilchrist said he would give him one last chance to break his offending behaviour. If he failed to take the chance he would inevitably go to jail.
He placed Dyce on a supervision programme for two years which includes alcohol counselling and an offender awareness programme. He also order him to carry out 180 hours of community service.