Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Panic as autistic boy is taken from his parent in a Highland railway station

Post Thumbnail

A man caused fear and alarm in a railway station by picking up an autistic boy and walking off with him.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard how the boy’s mother momentarily took her eyes off him – and then saw him being carried off by a stranger.

Sheriff Gary Aitken heard the details of the bizarre but what he described as “sinister” incident which happened in Inverness Railway Station on Sunday afternoon.

In the dock was 31-year-old Dawid Grzybek, of the city’s Quayside Court, who admitted behaving in a disorderly manner by picking up the boy and walking off with him, placing his mother and the boy in a state of fear and alarm.

The Sheriff was told that Grzybek had a court appearance in September last year for a similar disorderly conduct offence involving a 15-year-old girl.

It was this previous conviction and the fact that Grzybek is already on a community payback order which convinced the Sheriff to defer for a background and psychiatric report until March 20.

He remanded him in custody, saying: “I am unable to say if there is a sexual element to this however it is sinister. This is an exceptionally serious matter.”

Fiscal depute Ross Carvel told the court that the mother was in the waiting room watching her son through the glass wall.

“She glanced at a magazine and when she looked up, he was not where he was. She then saw her son in Grzybek’s arms before he put him down near the lost property area.

“The child then ran towards his mother. The police were alerted and he was arrested the following day.

“He told officers he was drunk, getting divorced from his wife and that he had a seven year old child.

“He said: ‘I suppose I thought the child was mine. I didn’t injure him. There was no adult and I moved him like a flower.

“It was just an instinct. I was trying to make him happy.’ “

Defence solicitor Neil Wilson said he would reserve his comments until his client’s re-appearance.

Already a subscriber? Sign in