Compensation for ‘scuffle’ in Cupar bookies

Cupar Sheriff Court.
Cupar Sheriff Court.
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A CUPAR man who banned himself from betting became embroiled in an argument with bookies staff who refused to serve him, a court heard.

Serial gambler Gary Lee (43) signed a ‘self-exclusion agreement’ at William Hill in the Bonnygate but couldn’t resist going back to the shop on November 2 last year.

Cupar Sheriff Court heard last Thursday that when a pregnant member of staff refused to sell him internet gambling vouchers, Lee tried to get another customer to buy them on his behalf.

Depute procurator fiscal Brian Robertson told the court that when those attempts failed, Lee began arguing with the shop assistant.

She threw an empty plastic bottle at his head, allegedly out of fear for her safety.

But when Lee picked it up and asked a fellow customer if he had seen what happened, the man said he had not.

Lee then hit the man on the arm with the bottle, and during an ensuing scuffle the victim sustained a cut to the bridge of his nose caused by his glasses.

Defence solicitor Alan Davie said that while the incident was “unsavoury”, CCTV footage showed that the original argument had not been an “animated” one.

Sheriff Charles Macnair placed Lee, of 20 East Burnside, on a 20-month community payback order including 160 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay his victim £250 in compensation.