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Invergordon man breaks another man's jaw during fight in Dingwall pub Inverness Sheriff Court is told


By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Sara Matheson.
Sheriff Sara Matheson.

A brawl in a Dingwall bar left one man with a double fracture of his jaw.

The incident happened in the Hen House Public Bar on December 1, 2019 as 55 year old Andrew Urquhart of Kilmuir Place, Invergordon was drinking.

Sheriff Sara Matheson was told that Urquhart had an argument with another customer in the premises, a drink was thrown in his face and there was "a scuffle."

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood said another patron, Craig Munro, intervened and was struck by Urquhart's single punch.

"It had a devastating impact on Mr Munro who was unable to regain his balance." Mrs Eastwood said.

The court heard that Mr Munro returned home but his mouth wouldn't stop bleeding so an ambulance was called.

He was later taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for surgery to have plates inserted in two places to repair the broken jaw.

Defence solicitor Matthew Berlow conceded his client had a "bad record for violence" but that things had changed as Urquhart's health had deteriorated.

"It is accepted that there was provocation here."

Urquhart admitted assault to severe injury and had sentence deferred until February 17 for a background report and restriction of liberty order assessment.

His bail was continued but Sheriff Matheson warned Urquhart of a possible jail sentence, telling him: "Given your record of violence, you should read nothing into that."


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