Vicious attack on woman caught on friend’s phone


A Fife woman was viciously punched in the face by a man she had met on a night out in Edinburgh. 

The stranger, Robert Muir, was invited back to Kingseat but he proved to be a violent house guest. 

After being told to leave, he punched the woman in the face then ran off. However, the incident was filmed by one of her friends on her mobile phone leading to his conviction.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court, Muir (24), of Hermitage Park, Edinburgh, admitted that on 25th June at Player Drive, Kingseat, he assaulted the woman by punching her on the face to her injury. 

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf told the court that on 24th June the woman and some friends had a night out in Edinburgh. 

“They were in a number of bars and alcohol was consumed,” she went on. In the early hours of the morning, the friends were going for a taxi back to Fife when they met Muir, who was not known to them until then. 

He decided to go in the taxi with them and they got back to the victim’s home at around 3.40am. 

“There was some horseplay between the accused and the complainer,” said the depute. However, the atmosphere deteriorated after comments made by both of them. 

This fall-out resulted in Muir being told to leave. He wanted a taxi to be called but was told to get out. 

“One of the group filmed the accused as he was leaving and he is seen to punch the complainer in the face and then run away,” added Ms Yousaf. 

An ambulance attended and the woman had sustained injuries including a large bruise and swelling to her jaw. 

Muir was traced and detained three weeks later. 

Sheriff Charles MacNair called for reports and sentence was deferred until 29th November. The video of the assault will be be shown before sentencing.



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