A MAN who struck a teenager with a baseball bat during a violent rampage has been given unpaid work as a punishment.

Dean Jack, 39, appeared in the dock for sentencing at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, February 21.

He had previously pleaded guilty to three offences, which took place at a bus shelter in Alloa on September 27 last year.

The charges state that on the date in question he struck a 16-year-old on the body with a baseball bat.

He was also charged with threatening behaviour, and with carrying an offensive weapon – the bat – without a reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

Referring to a Criminal Justice Social Work report prepared for the court, Stan Quirk, defending, said: "He [Jack] is a very sorry man who has had his troubles.

"It strikes me that he does need some support to keep on the right track.

"There appears to be a focus on supervision in the report, but it is plain there has to be some punishment element."

Sheriff David Mackie said: "I agree with the report; therefore, I will now make a Community Payback Order [CPO] with two elements."

The sheriff then handed Jack, of Leven Court in Alloa, a CPO with the requirement he complete 160 hours of unpaid work and undergo a 12-month period of supervision.