Duke Street man’s drunken attack on ex’s new partner

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A drunken man who walked up to his ex-girlfriend’s new partner in a pub and punched him, has been sentenced to a 170 hours of unpaid work.

Steven Nichol was also ordered to pay his victim, who suffered a swollen lip in the assault, £200 compensation.

The 34-year-old, of Duke Street, admitted assaulting a man at Drumlanrig Bar on January 26, by punching him on the head. Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told how the 26-year-old victim had been out for the evening, arriving at Drumlanrig Bar after midnight. He was talking to friends when he saw the accused approaching.

“He walked up to him and punched him on the face, knocking him on to seating behind him,” explained Mr Fraser. “The partner of the victim had previously been in a relationship with the accused,” added Mr Fraser.

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman told Jedburgh Sheriff Court that “alcohol and a combination of circumstances” led to the offence.

“He accepts he was in the wrong and very much regrets his conduct,” added Mr Bannerman.

Imposing sentence, Sheriff Janis Scott told Nichol, “I take account of the fact you have shown a mature attitude and are said to be genuinely remorseful.”