A Royal Navy seaman “knocked out” a man during a night out drinking in Dundee.
Shane Lorimer, 27, from Douglas, was fined 300 at Dundee Sheriff Court after he admitted that on February 2 last year, at St Andrews Lane, he assaulted Elliot Hepburn by punching him on the head and knocking him to the ground, rendering him unconscious, to his injury.
The court heard that Lorimer, an able-bodied seaman on HMS Blyth, left Mr Hepburn unconscious and lying in a city centre street after a comment was made about his girlfriend.
Fiscal depute Laura Bruce told the court the incident happened around 2.30am on February 2 last year at St Andrews Lane. Lorimer, his girlfriend, Mr Hepburn and mutual friends had just left a club where they had all been drinking. The fiscal said: “An argument broke out between the accused and another party. There was a scuffle between them and then the accused ran towards the complainer’s friends and said ‘you’re going to hate me, I knocked out your pal’.
“They ran round and saw the complainer lying on the ground. Mr Hepburn was taken to hospital. However he did not require medical treatment. He suffered a bump to the head and bruising to the face.”
Solicitor Ross Donnelly, defending, said: “Mr Lorimer was out with a number of people including his partner.
“The complainer was not known to him but was known to his partner. He heard the complainer make comments about his girlfriend and said to him he should not be saying that about her as she is supposed to be his friend.
“The complainer then challenged him to fight and, stupidly, he did so. He realises he shouldn’t have done that. He’s very embarrassed about it and very contrite.”
Mr Donnelly added that the Royal Navy would be placing Lorimer on a six-month career check to monitor his behaviour.
Sheriff Elizabeth Munro said: “Sometimes in a case like this I would defer sentencing to see if you could be of good behaviour but it seems that the Royal Navy is going to do this for me.”