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Court / Fine for man who lashed out at bouncer

A MAN who punched a bouncer who refused him admittance to a Lerwick nightclub was fined and ordered to pay compensation at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Irvine Burgess, 42, of Ninian Drive, Virkie, had earlier pleaded guilty to the offence which took place at Da Wheel on 15 December.

Burgess, the court heard, had been on a pre-Christmas all-day drinking session, which was something he was not accustomed to, according to defence agent Tommy Allan.

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The solicitor said that Burgess had taken objection to being refused entry as some of his possessions, including his jacket, and his friends were in the premises and he was not allowed to be with them.

Burgess, Allan said, was involved in various aspects of the community and was, indeed, ashamed of his actions and had been in a state of stress and worry about coming to court.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that the doorman had suffered “significant bleeding” as a result of the attack.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said it was another example of someone who had consumed too much alcohol and did not think about their actions, and added that it was “unacceptable” to lash out at anyone in such a way.

He fined Burgess £400 and ordered him to pay £200 compensation to his victim.

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