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Easter Ross door steward hit out as threatening crowd gathered round, Highland court hears


By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Fleetwood ordered O'Reilly to pay his victim £200 in compensation.
Sheriff Fleetwood ordered O'Reilly to pay his victim £200 in compensation.

A door steward feared he and a colleague were about to be attacked by a group who had gathered around them ejecting a pub customer.

So Sean O'Reilly, who was then aged 19, lashed out and hit one man in the face.

The incident was captured on CCTV and after reviewing it at Inverness Sheriff Court, O'Reilly (22) of Achandunic, Ardross, decided to change his not guilty plea to one of guilty.

He admitted the assault which occurred in Church Street in Inverness on August 4, 2019.

His victim sustained a laceration above his right eye and it required to be glued, fiscal depute Shamielah Ghafar told Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood.

Defence solicitor Graham Mann said his client was working in a pair and "something kicked off inside. A group became difficult to manage and one man struck out at other patrons.

"As my client and his colleague were trying to shepherd him out, the colleague was struck. My client felt they were outnumbered and he overreacted out of fear. There has been no offending since."

Sheriff Fleetwood ordered O'Reilly to pay his victim £200 in compensation.


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