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Brothers from Milton in Easter Ross went to pub with baseball bat and fence post to continue fight

By Court Reporter

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Two Easter Ross brothers armed themselves with a baseball bat and a fence post and went to a pub in a Highland community to continue a previous fight.

John (24) and Samuel (21) Stewart, both Old Mill Road, Milton, instigated a rammy at the Milton Inn, on June 8, 2019. Both were injured in the fracas, Tain Sheriff Court heard on Monday.

The two, who admitted conducting themselves in a disorderly manner by shouting, swearing, fighting with others and committing a breach of the peace, were each fined £400.

The court hear that the brothers were playing a game in the garden of their family home, located close to the Milton Inn, when a passer-by was accidentally hit by them.

The brothers apologised, but later a group turned up at their home and a ‘disturbance’ ensued

Prosecutor Roderick Urquhart said: “The group left and went back to the Milton Inn. Sam Stewart followed by John Stewart later turned up there, one in possession of a fence post the other of a baseball bat. There was a big fight. Sam Stewart claimed to have been hit by a fence post, possibly the one he brought along.”

John Stewart received injuries to his ear and temple while Samuel Stewart had bruises to his arm.

Rory Gowans, for John Stewart said his client regretted his conduct and had allowed himself to get involved in a problem that had not initially been his, due to loyalty to his brother.

Ken Ferguson, agent for Samuel Stewart, said: “My client tells me his is from a travelling background and left school after finishing primary. He has done landscaping work for his father, but that triggered depression and he has not been able to work since.”

Passing sentence, Sheriff Gary Aitken said: “Whatever happened before, you decided to turn up at the pub armed. You had no business going to the pub looking for trouble and certainly not armed.”

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