Joiner slapped with £480 fine after drunken argument led to assault

Following a verbal argument with a drunken man, Ryan Hogg pushed the 48-year-old, who fell to the ground and struck his head.

Hogg, 28, of North Bridge Street, admitted assaulting a man to his injury in North Bridge Street on August 27.

Depute fiscal Graham Fraser told Jedburgh Sherif Court how there had been an argument between the man and the accused, who had both been drinking, at around 9.30pm.

“He pushed him with both hands and he fell over the kerb and landed on the ground, striking his head,” explained Mr Fraser.

“An ambulance was called and he was found to have a one-inch long cut,” he continued.

“He was advised to go to hospital, but chose not to,” he added.

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman said Hogg, a joiner, had been on a night out with friends.

“Both he and the victim were under the influence of alcohol,” explained Mr Bannerman, “and words were exchanged as they crossed the street.

“Because of the state of his sobriety, the man lost his balance and fell over, and he struck his head.”

Referring to two analogous convictions, Sheriff Donald Corke warned Hogg: “You have to learn to control yourself.”

He was fined £480.