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Premiership footballer charged with breach of the peace

Josh Meekings alleged to have committed offence motivated by sexual orientation prejudice.

Charge: Inverness player Josh Meekings appeared at the city's sheriff court (file pic).
Charge: Inverness player Josh Meekings appeared at the city's sheriff court (file pic). Highland Council

A Scottish Premiership player has been charged with a breach of the peace allegedly aggravated by sexual orientation prejudice.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings was represented by solicitor Rory Gowans at Inverness Sheriff Court on Thursday but did not appear in person.

Mr Gowans asked the case be continued without plea for instructions from his client and sought a four-week deferral. His request was granted by Sheriff David Sutherland and the case will next call on April 14.

The 23-year-old was charged by police after the alleged incident on Bridge Street, Inverness, in the hours after Caley Thistle's 2-2 draw with Dundee United on December 20 last year.

Meekings is charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm in that he did shout, swear, challenge people to fight, utter offensive remarks, and behave in an aggressive manner towards police officers, an offence aggravated by sexual orientation prejudice.

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