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Argument over "something stupid" led to attack in Elgin pub

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AN argument over "something stupid" led to a 26-year-old man being held in a headlock and punched several times.

Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

Today at Inverness Sheriff Court, Jamie Arbuthot, (also 26), admitted assaulting a man to his injury in Dicey's Bar in Elgin on September 21, 2019.

Sentence had previously been deferred for a background report.

The court was told that the attack happened around closing time, with fiscal depute Robert Weir accepting there was provocation.

Defence solicitor Ben Thom said that his client, whose address was given as Caroline Street, Elgin, said the victim had put his hands on Arbuthnot's chest "after getting into an argument over something stupid, he says.

"He put theman in a headlock and punched him." Mr Thom went on.

The court was told that police had been called to the disturbance and found Arbuthnot on top of the other man, striking him four or five times. They separated the two men who were fighting.

The victim suffered a cut under his left eye and Arbuthnot grazing, the court heard.

Mr Thom added; "He was not looking for trouble but he found it and ended it."

Arbuthnot was ordered to carry out 275 hours of unpaid community work.

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