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Mum strikes boy

A MOTHER from Lerwick who assaulted a boy in revenge for apparently bullying her son before mocking another child’s disability has been fined.

The woman (Name and address removed under the right to be forgotten) admitted striking the 13 year old with her elbow outside a nearby address on 18 April.

She also admitted shouting, swearing, acting aggressively, uttering verbal abuse and threats of violence, specifically at an 11 year old in relation to his disability, at the same location.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that the woman became “enraged” after she saw the 13 year old playing football with other kids because she believed he had been bullying her son.

She struck him before shouting and swearing at him.

She then turned on another boy, who has a limp as a result of having one hip smaller than the other.

She called him a “spastic” and mocked his condition, before parents and police were informed.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had been drinking and acted in the “heat of the moment” as a result of a “large amount of pent-up anger”.

Sheriff Philip Mann fined the woman a total of £450 for the offences, and acknowledged her remorse.

“Your conduct was extremely reprehensible, but I think you know that,” he said.