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Stag night assault

A MAN who reacted badly to derogatory remarks about a fancy dress costume he was wearing on his stag night and ended up assaulting another man has been fined £600.

Twenty eight year old Dhanni Moar, of Aithsetter, admitted pushing a man to the ground and repeatedly punching him on the head at Commercial Street in Lerwick on 6 October last year.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie described the incident as a “stupid drunken encounter”.

Moar had been out celebrating his imminent marriage but had become separated from the rest of the stag party later in the evening.

An individual from another group dressed in Batman and Robin costumes made remarks about the pink gown Moar was wearing and questioned his sexuality.

MacKenzie said there had been a “considerable disparity in size and strength” between Moar, who keeps himself in good shape through his involvement in rugby, and his victim.

Defence agent Gregor Kelly said Moar was upset at his night being ruined. Although he had been punched first, Moar should have been “man enough” to walk away and accepted he “went over the score” by pushing his victim to the ground and delivering “two quick jabs”.

Kelly said his client was “truly apologetic” and had phoned the victim’s parents the following day to say sorry.

Sheriff Philip Mann said Moar should have been wise enough to recognise that going out on the town wearing fancy dress might attract such comments.

He imposed a fine of £600, reduced from £750 to reflect Moar’s guilty plea.