Not proven verdict in trial of Dingwall man accused of seriously assaulting Beauly pensioner
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Adam McQuarrie had denied assaulting Julian Tinney to his severe injury, permanent impairment and permanent disfigurement.
An eye witness, neighbour Ciaran Melens, said he came out of his house after seeing an argument outside and told the jury he saw McQuarrie punching Mr Tinney.
The pensioner was left lying in a pool of blood outside his home in Maple Vale, Beauly on June 15, 2018 and needed surgery for a fractured eye socket and cheekbone.
Mr Melens said he heard McQuarrie say: "What about when you tried to kiss her in the kitchen?"
He was the only witness to positively identify McQuarrie (28) of Macbeth Court, Dingwall.
Another neighbour saw someone run away from the scene but could not tell if it was a man or a woman.
Her description of the clothing the attacker wore also differed from Mr Melens's.
A woman who cannot be identified for legal reasons told Inverness Sheriff Court that Mr Tinney had tried to cuddle and kiss her in February of 2018.
She said she had met McQuarrie in Beauly on the night of June 15 and he was "stumbling about drunk."
She added that she took McQuarrie in her car "for a cruise" and said he was "very happy and buzzing."
The witness put the time of the encounter at around an hour before the assault took place.
A friend of McQuarrie, Beauly roofer Steven Walker, also said that his friend, with whom he had been drinking, was very drunk when he last saw him.
The jury at his trial returned a unanimous verdict of not proven.
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