Man who wounded friend did not know he was holding glass

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Punching a friend while holding a glass cost Christopher Moore a £120 fine and he was ordered to pay his victim £120 compensation.

Moore, 20, of Gladstone Street, admitted assaulting a man to his injury at Frankie’s Bar, Bourtree Place, on June 30.

Depute fiscal Kate McGarvey told Jedburgh Sheriff Court that Moore had been out socialising with friends.

“At about 10.30pm, he became abusive and was told to calm down by the com-
plainer,” explained Ms McGarvey.

“He then struck him on the left side of his head, while holding a glass, which smashed,” she added.

The victim received hospital treatment for a laceration to his left ear and a wound on his neck.

Moore told police he had “snapped” and punched the man, but didn’t realise he was holding the glass at the time.

Defence solicitor Ross Dow said his client had repeatedly apologised outside the pub, and fully admitted what happened to police.

“This was a friend of his, and he no longer speaks to him,” added Mr Dow.

Sheriff Donald Corke told Moore he had “no justification” for punching his friend.