Paisley thug facing prison for bottle attack on man in Linwood pub

Paisley Sheriff Court
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A Paisley man could be facing a prison sentence after he struck someone over the head with an empty beer bottle.

Samuel McDonald had been drinking at The Heritage Bar in Linwood on February 17 last year alongside Thomas Orr.

However, things turned ugly during the course of the night when Mr Orr went to the toilet and McDonald, of Acer Crescent, followed him and assaulted him.

The 60-year-old struck an empty Newcastle Brown Ale bottle over Mr Orr’s head which left him bleeding from a two-inch laceration and hunched over the sink.

Procurator fiscal depute Michael Cunningham told Paisley Sheriff Court: “Orr and the accused were sitting at the bar drinking together.

“At around 10pm, Orr attended at the male toilets followed shortly behind by the accused. It was noted by the bar staff the accused was acting aggressively at this time.

“McIntyre, who is a member of bar staff, further observed the accused to pick up an empty Newcastle Brown Ale glass bottle and for him to enter the male toilet behind Orr. The accused while within the toilet struck Orr once to the rear of his head with the glass bottle.

“On hearing the disturbance, two members of staff attended the male toilets and both observed Orr hunched over the sink with a bleeding two-inch laceration to the rear of his scalp. The accused then left the toilet area and then left the pub.

“An untraced patron attended with the accused’s belongings and the accused walked off onto Bridge Street. The witness McMillan attended at the toilet and administered first aid to Orr observing the two-inch laceration.”

The court heard that police were called and attended the pub. Cops then traced McDonald in his camper van in Linwood’s Middleton Road where he was arrested.

Mr Cunningham added: “The accused was taken to Greenock where he made no reply to caution and charge. He was later released on an undertaking to appear at this court.

“In relation to medical information, Orr refused medical treatment at the time of the incident and did not receive any at a later date. He confirmed that he has been left with scarring following the incident.”

Defence agent Kevin Brady asked for background reports to be called for and reserved further mitigation.

Sheriff Gillian Craig said: “I could deal with this today given the 1988 conviction on your record but that was a long time ago so I am going to call for reports. I’m taking nothing off the table. I simply want to know more about you.”

The 1988 conviction on McDonald’s record was an assault and robbery in which he received a jail sentence of three months.

Sentence was deferred for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment until July 29. McDonald’s bail was continued meantime.

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