A Montrose man who turned up uninvited to a house party and assaulted a fellow reveller found his party days were over when he was sentenced to nine months behind bars.
William McDonald, 26, previously of Broomfield Crescent, Montrose, appeared in the dock alongside his 19-year-old brother John at Forfar Sheriff Court.
The court heard the pair had been called to the party at Lunan Avenue, Montrose at 9 pm on November 11 2017.
There had been a disagreement among other party guests, with the McDonald brothers arriving at 9.30 pm when they began acting in an “aggressive manner”.
John McDonald went on to assault 39-year-old Scott Clarkson by punching him on the head.
When Clarkson fell to the ground, he continued to kick him on the head and body, leaving with an “egg-shaped” lump on his head.
The court was told William McDonald assaulted 19-year-old Michael Robb, threw him to the ground and repeatedly struck him on the side of his face, leaving him with an injury to the right side of his head, a cut lip and a small lump on the side of his head.
Depute fiscal Stewart Duncan told the court: “The trouble started outside before both accused entered the kitchen area of the house.
“John McDonald went on to punch Dylan Carnegie on the left hand side of his face.
“Mr Carnegie fell to the ground and attempted to protect himself but the accused repeatedly punched and kicked him when he was on the floor.”
Defence solicitor Nick Whelan told the court the brothers had been called to the party by a 15-year-old who said he had been assaulted.
When they arrived there were about 15 to 20 youths who had congregated.
In sentencing William McDonald, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis warned him he could have killed Michael Robb.
He said: “If you are kicking someone on the head you have no control over what effect this will have.”
He said McDonald had no idea of what the potential danger was — his “dander was up and he is just laying in to him.”
In respect to William McDonald’s first charge of behaving in a threatening manner by entering the property uninvited and challenging others to fight, he sentenced him to six months detention.
On the second charge of assaulting Michael Robb, while on bail, he was sentenced to nine months, both sentences to run concurrently.
John McDonald, of Osprey Road, Montrose, was sentenced to a 240 hour community payback order, a 12-month supervision order and was ordered to pay £500 compensation each to Scott Clarkson and Dylan Carnegie.