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Attacker pleads guilty to breaking innocent Elgin bystander’s jaw at Belladrum


By Ali Morrison

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A man has pleaded guilty to shattering the jaw of an Elgin offshore worker at the Belladrum festival.

The Inverness Justice Centre locator March 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The Inverness Justice Centre locator March 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Adis Delic was attacked completely at random while attending the music event near Inverness on July 29, 2022.

The 42-year-old was on his mobile phone when he was punched by Michael Anderson, a complete stranger who he’d never met or spoken to before.

The force of the unexpected blow was such that it forced a section of his jaw into the back of his throat, and left a tooth embedded there.

In order to reconstruct his jaw the surgeons subsequently had to insert three metal plates into his face.

On a liquid-only diet for a considerable length of time, he was unable to go offshore for the next nine months.

Adis Delic with dried blood on his face after he had his jaw broken at Belladrum.
Adis Delic with dried blood on his face after he had his jaw broken at Belladrum.

Anderson, who’s aged 26 and lives at Burns Crescent, Muir of Ord, has now appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court.

The defendant admitted punching Mr Delic at about 10.30pm on the first night of the festival.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of committing an assault which caused “severe injury and permanent impairment”.

The court heard that Anderson was intoxicated at the time and had been talking to his ex-partner just before the attack.

Fiscal depute Emily Hood said: "He became upset that she wouldn't resume their relationship.

“She got up to walk away and the accused ran towards the man and punched him on the face once."

Belladrum music festival.
Belladrum music festival.

Ms Hood related to the court the extent of the injures which had been inflicted on Mr Delic.

She added: "He was advised that numbness in his jaw may be permanent. He also experiences random pain across the bottom half of his teeth."

Sentence was deferred until July 16 for a report to be prepared into Anderson's background. He was allowed bail until then


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