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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Yob, 27, who punched pensioner, 75, must pay compensation

A man who punched and severely injured a pensioner has been ordered to pay him compensation of £600.

Scott Lockerby, 27, was also fined £360 following the assault in a pub.

He admitted struggling with and repeatedly punching 75-year-old John O’Brian in January last year following an argument, and also seizing hold of 63-year-old James Wilson by the jacket, pulling him from a stool, attempting to pull him out of a pub, and punching him on the head.

The assaults, in the Auberge pub on Annan High Street, were captured on CCTV, which was shown to Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Fiscal depute Bob Morrison, prosecuting, said Mr O’Brian was taken to hospital and detained overnight suffering from grossly swollen upper and lower eyelids and a fracture to the right eye socket and cheekbone.

The other man suffered bruising to his nose and eye with a cut under the right eye.

Solicitor Roger Colledge, for Lockerby, produced a letter to the court from Mr Wilson stating that he felt he had instigated the argument, resulting in his client taking offence.

He added that Lockerby, of Hillview Crescent, Annan, knew both men and had served both while he had worked on occasions in the pub.

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