A MAN who struck a child with a baseball bat has had his community payback order revoked due to poor mental health.

Dean Jack was sentenced to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work when he was sentenced in February of this year.

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 back in February, 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."

Last Thursday at Alloa Sheriff Court, Claire McCarron, representing Jack, said the breach of his order was “because of his anxiety”, adding that he “struggles to go where there are crowds of people”.

Ms McCarron added that Jack, of Leven Court, Alloa, has been assessed as showing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to an incident which occurred within a prison a number of years ago.

Sheriff David Mackie revoked Jack’s unpaid work requirement and extended his supervision term by 12 months.