Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

‘Off his nut’ man bit 87-year-old at Dundee social club’s karaoke night, court hears

The Dee Social Club, Taylor Street, Lochee.
The Dee Social Club, Taylor Street, Lochee.

An operations manager dived on an 87-year-old man and bit him twice during a Dundee social club’s karaoke night.

Car repair boss William Abbott flew into a drunken rage and attacked the pensioner for telling him to stop skimming beer mats across the dance floor.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told that he “dived on” Robert Young and bit him twice during the fracas at the Dee Club in Dundee on February 24 last year.

The jury heard how the attack took place shortly after club vice-president Paul Neave had sung Dean Martin hit Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.

On Tuesday, Abbott was allowed to walk free from court but was ordered to pay £1,000 to his elderly victim and carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

Abbott, 36, denied the charge but was found guilty by a jury after Mr Young gave evidence describing how he had been set upon and bitten twice.

Mr Young said: “I was asking him to leave the club. Somebody else came over and said to him as well.

“He turned round and jumped on me. He bit me on the hand then the arm.”

The court heard that other patrons were “horrified” by what happened and Abbott was described in court as being “off his nut” because he was so drunk.

By the time police officers arrived at the scene they found tables overturned, glass on the floor, and Mr Young receiving first aid. Jurors were shown pictures of a bite injury to Mr Young’s upper left arm.

After a three-day trial, the jury took less than 90 minutes to find father-of-two Abbott, Ettrick Crescent, Dundee, guilty of assaulting Mr Young to his injury in the club in Taylor Street.

Three other charges including assaulting Mr Neave by punching him on the head and recklessly throwing glasses at other customers were found not proven.

Abbott said in evidence that “for some reason” he was asked to leave the club, and was just about to do so when, he claimed, Mr Neave and others forced him to the ground and beat him up.

Prosecutor Kirsten Letford said this was “simply not true”. She said Abbott had been “so aggressive and angry” in the club that he approached an 87-year-old man when he told him to stop flinging beer mats, and took his anger out on him.

The court was told that Abbott was the operations manager of a body shop in charge of a workforce of 10 men.

The court heard Abbott had four previous convictions for violence, but the most recent was from 2010.

Solicitor Iain Houston, defending, said: “He has no specific recollection of doing what he was convicted of.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in