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Bar reveller in Moray hit pub staff with glass after being told to stop taking other people’s drinks

Liam Forsyth at Elgin Sheriff Court.
Liam Forsyth at Elgin Sheriff Court.

A Moray reveller who hit bar staff on the head with a glass after being told to stop “helping himself” to people’s drinks has been spared prison.

Liam Forsyth, from Elgin, was spotted taking drinks from tables in The Granary in the town by employees there on December 14 last year.

When the 26-year-old was confronted by a member of staff, Forsyth’s response was to pick up a glass from the table and hit him on the head with it.

Yesterday Forsyth was told at Elgin Sheriff Court that only “luck” had prevented his victim from sustaining a serious injury after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

Fiscal David Morton said: “The complainer saw the accused near the dance floor area and noticed he was helping himself to drinks from tables that didn’t belong to him.

“He approached the accused and asked him to stop taking other people’s drinks. His response was to take a glass in his hand and strike the complainer with it.”

Security staff immediately intervened and removed Forsyth from the bar with the incident being captured on CCTV.

Defence solicitor Stephen Carty said: “Mr Forsyth was clearly very drunk and his memory is very poor. Thankfully no injury was caused.”

Sheriff Gary Aitken said: “This is a serious matter. It’s simply good luck that this wasn’t an awful lot worse.”

Forsyth, of Northport, was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and has been placed under supervision for 18 months.

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