Fighting man fined

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A man who admitted fighting with another man in a common close has been fined.

John Smith, 27, of 28B Davaar Avenue, Campbeltown, appeared for sentencing at Campbeltown Sheriff Court last Thursday, having previously pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering threats of violence and engaging in a stand-up fight, at a Campbeltown address on July 8.

Smith and the other man had been drinking together on July 7, and the following morning an argument broke out over a bottle of whisky.

Both men engaged in a drunken fight which spilled outside into the common close.

Police received a call reporting the incident, and when officers arrived, both men were involved in a verbal altercation, challenging each other to a fight.

Defence solicitor Stephen MacSporran described Smith’s behaviour as ‘drunken stupidity’ and said that his client wishes to apologise to all involved.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said it was ‘an unfortunate matter’, likely to cause distress to neighbours.

Addressing Smith as he imposed a £120 fine, Sheriff Hughes added: ‘You have done the right thing by pleading at the first opportunity.’