Dec 22 2011 by Alison Lowson, Blairgowrie Adv
A BLAIRGOWRIE man ended up the loser – to the tune of £1000 – when he became involved in a street attack after Perth Races.
Perth Sheriff Court was that Mark Townsley was punched twice on the head and pushed to the ground in Perth’s North Methven Street on August 20.
Twenty-four-year-old electrician William Mahoney was “heavily under the influence of alcohol” at the time.
Imposing the fine, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis noted he had been jailed for nine months in May of last year for an assault to severe injury.
“You were released sometime in the autumn but less than a year later you are involved in another assault.
“I suspect alcohol was a factor in the previous matter. You are in employment and in a lot better position to people of your age.
“If you continue to drink to excess and get yourself involved in these scrapes, you will lose your employment because you will lose your liberty.”
Depute fiscal Carol Whyte said there had been an earlier altercation between the accused and a group of his friends and Mr Townsley and his uncle.
No complaint had been made to the police, however.
“About 10.30pm, police officers saw the accused chase and punch the complainer twice on the head and then push him onto the ground.”
Solicitor Steve Lafferty said the accused and friends had been at Perth Races.
One of them was asked for money by Townsley and his uncle and when this was refused, he was struck over the head with a bottle.
The friend was knocked unconscious.
The accused was at a kebab shop later that evening when Townsley and his uncle shouted abuse at him and challenged him to fight.
“He accepts he ran after the complainer and almost rugby-tackled him to the ground and punched him.
“It was fortuitous there was no injury caused.”
Sheriff Foulis told Mahoney: “There may have been some prior on-goings with the accused and his uncle but there was absolutely no need for you to get involved.
“It’s only as a result of good fortune no injury was caused or you were perhaps going back to custody.”
Mahoney, who will pay the fine at £100 a week, was told: “If that doesn’t bring it home to you, goodness knows what will.”