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Dingwall man denies assaulting Beauly pensioner outside his home in trial at Inverness Sheriff Court


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A 70-year-old man was left in need of surgery after being violently assaulted a court has heard.

Julian Tinney of Maple Vale, Beauly needed surgery for a broken cheek bone and fractured eye socket and had five metal plates and nine screws inserted after the assault.

But a jury at Inverness Sheriff Court heard today that he did not know who attacked him or why and his only memory after parking his car on June 15, 2018 was waking up in hospital.

Adam McQuarrie (28) of Macbeth Court, Dingwall, denies assaulting Mr Tinney to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment by seizing him by the body, pulling him into an alleyway and repeatedly punching and striking him on the head.

Mr Tinney said he got out of his car, but didn't make it into his house.

"I have no idea who did it or why," he said.

The court also heard he couldn't pick anyone out at a video identification parade though the jury was told that Mr Tinney's neighbour, Ciaran Melens, did select McQuarrie from the video.

Mr Melens said that he heard an argument outside including McQuarrie saying: "What about when you tried to kiss her in the kitchen?"

He said he saw punches being thrown and Mr Tinney being dragged into the lane.

"I was given the name Adam McQuarrie and I searched for him on the internet," he said. "He was the man I saw that night."

He denied a suggestion from defence solicitor Ashley Pollock that his video parade identification was because he had seen her client on Facebook.

However he said McQuarrie was wearing a light blue top with white stripes while another of Mr Tinney's neighbours, Jennifer Elliot, said she didn't see the assailant properly but that the person who an away from the scene had been wearing a dark puffer jacket and tracker bottoms.

She was unsure if it was a man or a woman.

She said that when she left her house she saw Mr Tinney lying "cuddling up" against a fence.

"There was blood everywhere, his eyes were swollen and there was blood in them," she said.

The trial, which is expected to last until Thursday, continues.



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