Case deserted against 38-year-old accused of Hawick High Street bottle attack on teenagers

A man accused of hitting a 15-year-old boy’s head with a bottle to his injury has been cleared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

By Court Reporter
Friday, 21st February 2020, 11:04 am
Updated Friday, 21st February 2020, 11:08 am
Hawick High Street.
Hawick High Street.

Alexander Deans, 38, was also charged with struggling violently with a 14-year-old boy and striking him to the head too.

Those offences were said to have been committed in Hawick High Street on April 29.

Deans, previously of Borthaugh Road in Hawick but now giving an address in Manchester, faced a third charge of shouting and brandishing a glass bottle, as well as possession of an offensive weapon.

When the case was due to call for trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, however, the crown asked for an adjournment so that special measures not previously applied for could be put in place to protect vulnerable witnesses.

Sheriff Peter Paterson ruled that there had been clear fault on behalf of the crown so an adjournment would not be appropriate, prompting the case against Deans to be deserted.