Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Teenager Jack Hewitt admits firing pellets at Edinburgh school pupils

A teenager has admitted firing metal pellets at an Edinburgh primary school and injuring eight pupils.

Jack Hewitt, 17, from Edinburgh, pled guilty to recklessly discharging a ball-bearing gun at Gilmerton Primary School on 30 May 2013.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court he also admitted injuring eight pupils, four aged nine and four aged 10.

Fiscal Depute Susan Dickson, said the children suffered red marks, bruising and discomfort on their bodies.

Hewitt, she said, told the police he had been firing from his bedroom window and "had been stupid".

He had added: "I won't do anything like this again."

Deferring sentence for background reports on Hewitt, who had no previous convictions, Sheriff Isabella McColl asked his defence solicitor, Peter Winning: "Is there any explanation for this?"

Mr Winning said his client was due to sit his final exams the following day and added: "I think it was stress".

Sentence was deferred until January.

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