An offshore worker who attacked a man in an Angus takeaway has been fined £400 by a sheriff.
Jason Cargill had to be restrained by friends when he rained punches on the man in Eddie’s Kitchen last February after an earlier exchange of words.
Forfar Sheriff Court heard how shocked customers and staff in the Brothock Bridge takeaway saw 28-year-old Cargill repeatedly punch James Fotheringham in the Sunday evening incident on February 1, having initially appeared friendly with the victim.
Depute fiscal Jill Drummond said a staff member had seen a group of men, including Cargill, come into the shop, shaking hands with Fotheringham and a friend.
“The staff then saw the accused repeatedly punch the victim while other men tried to drag him out of the shop,” added the fiscal.
The victim started bleeding heavily after being hit under the eye, and required minor treatment at Arbroath infirmary.
Solicitor Billy Rennie said: “Words had been exchanged between the parties before this and Mr Cargill chanced upon the same individuals.
“Fuelled by drink and the anger before this happened, he accepts he is fully at fault in this matter.
“He is 28 but doesn’t have a significant record, and there is no violence on his record.”
The agent said Cargill, Cairnie Street, Arbroath, could earn £30,000 to £40,000 a year but work in the offshore industry was “up and down at the moment”.
“They were known to each other and mutual acquaintances have told him that it has all been forgotten about by the other party,” added Mr Rennie.
Sheriff Di Emidio fined Cargill £400.