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Assaulted teacher to get 71,158

A special needs teacher has won her personal injury claim against a council following attacks by a pupil that left her unable to work in education.

Teresa McCarthy, 51, had her hair pulled, was scratched and repeatedly punched at Drummond School in Inverness between June and September 2001.

Physical attacks affected her confidence and gave her nightmares.

Sheriff Alan Miller said her former employer, Highland Council, should pay her a total sum of £71,158.

The costs include compensation of £10,000 and £46,778 for loss of earnings.

A 17-day hearing heard that Mrs McCarthy had suffered from depression in the past.

Since 2005, when she felt able to pursue work again, she has trained in nursing.

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