One-punch pub attacker hit by £7500 compensation bill


An assault in a Fife bar resulted in the victim sustaining a broken jaw and the attacker has now been ordered to pay £7500 compensation.

In the dock for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court was Ross Jarrett, 26, of Myrtles Cottages, Burgh Road, Cowdenbeath.

The self-employed joiner had admitted that on 25th March at Partners Bar, High Street, Cowdenbeath, he assaulted a man by punching him on the head.

Depute fiscal Alex Kirk previously told the court that one punch was thrown and the victim suffered a fracture to his jaw.

Sentencing had been deferred for a social work report.

Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said, “Alcohol had been consumed. He now recognises that he should have called it a night much earlier in the evening.

“As a result of the alcohol taken, he misjudged any threat there may have been from the complainer.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair told Jarrett, “This was a wholly unprovoked assault in licensed premises. The only thing preventing me from imposing a significant period of custody is the lack of any significant recent record.

“You described the incident to police as self-defence but it was no such thing. It was a wholly unprovoked assault on somebody on a night out.”

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with 300 hours of unpaid work and a £7500 compensation order.


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