Forfar man back behind bars

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A Forfar man was today (Thursday) back behind bars - after launching a vicious bottle attack on a teenager outside a nightclub.

Bruce Lamb - who served a two year eight month jail term over the death of George Keddie in a motorcyle smash - launched the attack outside a nightclub in Forfar, Angus.

A court heard Lamb smashed the bottle over 18-year-old Jack Davidson’s head, causing him to fall to the ground, before booting the stricken teen on the head.

Fiscal depute Vicki Bell told Dundee Sheriff Court: “Mr Davidson is unknown to the accused and was with his friends a the Royal Nightclub in Forfar on the night in question.

“He and his friends left the nightclub shortly before 3am and began to make their way home.

“As they reached Osnaburg Street, they saw another group of men which included the accused.

“A verbal disagreement broke out between both groups, with a number of persons from each faction shouting towards each other.

“This verbal disagreement escalated into a physical disagreement, during which the accused struck the complainer on the back of his head with a glass beer bottle, causing the complainer to fall to the ground and the bottle to smash.

“The accused then kicked the complainer once on the head whilst he was on the ground.

“Police Officers who were in the area heard the sound of the bottle smashing and made their way to the locus.

“They saw the complainer on the ground, injured, with the accused leaning against a wall next to him.

“One of the officers shouted at the accused to ‘stop’.

“The complainer and his friends immediately identified to the officers that the accused was responsible for causing the complainer’s injuries, and therefore the officers detained the accused.

“They also seized the broken, blood stained bottle from the ground and later seized the accused’s blood stained clothing.

“The complainer was taken to Ninewells Hospital by ambulance by paramedics as they suspected that he had a broken nose, but an x-ray confirmed that his nose was merely severely swollen.

“He had a blood blister and small cut on the back of his head, which required no treatment, and a deeper cut on his nose which was about 5mm long and which was closed with two paper stitches.”

Lamb, 35, of Forfar, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of assault to injury committed in Osnaburg Street, Forfar, on January 10 this year.

Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Lamb for 18 months.

In March 2007 Lamb caused the death of 21-year-old George Keddie when he smashed a trail bike into a tree at Balmashanner Hill. Lamb pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for two years and eight months at the High Court in Edinburgh in 2008.