A suspect is to stand trial accused of attempting to murder a man by smacking him on the head with a microwave oven.
William Williamson is accused of attacking Gary Paterson at a flat in Inverness on March 5 this year.
Prosecutors claim the 23 year-old repeatedly punched Mr Paterson, bit him on the ear and hit him with a metal bar.
The attempted murder charge further alleges Williamson kicked and stamped on the man as well as striking him on the head with the microwave.
It is further claimed Mr Paterson was assaulted with a glass plate and stabbed with a “sharp implement”.
This is said to be to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment as well as to the danger of his life.
It is also claimed Williamson stole a rucksack from Mr Paterson.
The case called for a hearing on Wednesday at the High Court in Glasgow, where Williamson denied the charge.
Lady Stacey fixed a trial due to begin on January 14 in Inverness.
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