A man and woman appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday in connection with an alleged serious assault in the city.
Joshua Jack, 20, faced a charge of assault to severe injury and danger of life.
He made no plea or declaration and was committed for further examination.
His 21-year-old co-accused, Sarah Williamson, made no plea or declaration to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
She was also committed for further examination.
Both are from Inverness and were released on bail.
They both appeared in court after a 52-year-old man was found in Millburn Road in Inverness in the early hours of Sunday morning having suffered serious head injuries.
The man was found injured near the petrol station at Morrison’s supermarket.
He was discovered by members of the public who stayed with him until the emergency services arrived.
The injured man was initially taken by ambulance to the Highland capital’s Raigmore Hospital.
He was transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which has specialist facilities for people with head injuries, earlier this week for further treatment.
A police spokeswoman yesterday described his condition as “critical but stable”.
She added: “Police would like to thank members of the public and the media for their assistance with this matter.
“The public response via social media was especially helpful to the investigation.”