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Plumber thought he deserved it

AN EDINBURGH man who became over amorous and then turned violent after drinking too much at a Shetland nightclub last year was beaten up so badly he had to spend two days in hospital, Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Thursday.

Marc McKinlay, of 14 Carrick Knowe Place, appeared from custody after being arrested in Scotland on Tuesday, having failed to turn up in the islands for a previous court appearance.

The unemployed 25 year old admitted slapping two women on the buttocks at Lerwick’s Posers nightclub, on 19 April 2009, and punching one of the women on the head when she became annoyed and remonstrated with him. She was not injured in the assault.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that both women had been out on a hen night and were dancing at the time. The assaults happened when an extremely drunk McKinlay staggered onto the dancefloor to join them.

He said that McKinlay had been awarded £1,500 compensation after he was violently assaulted later that night by two men in the street outside the nightclub and left for dead lying in a pool of his own blood.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said that McKinlay had been in Shetland working on a plumbing contract, and when asked about the assault on him, he had said: “It looks like I deserved it.”

Last November 27 year old Tristan Sinclair, of 13 Sandside, Mossbank, and 27 year old Stuart Hall, of 28 Goodlad Crescent, Lerwick, were given community service and ordered to pay £750 compensation each after admitted the assault.

However the compensation had not reached McKinlay because his whereabouts were unknown until he was arrested this week.

Sheriff Graeme Napier ordered him to pay £350 in compensation to the two women, money which will be taken from him once he has received his own compensation.