An Aberdeenshire man has been jailed for assault after breaking a reveller’s jaw with one punch in an Inverurie nightclub.
The incident happened in Inverurie’s Edwards nightclub on Febuary 8 when Gary Shields attacked Scott Faskin.
The 23-year-old victim had to have a metal plate inserted in his mouth and a wisdom tooth removed as a result of the blow.
Mr Shields was sentenced to nine months behind bars, and banned from the nightclub for 18 months, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
The court heard how Mr Faskin had tried to ‘squeeze past’ Mr Shield’s partner to get to the bar, and an argument ensued.
After about 10 minutes, 44-year-old Sheilds punched Mr Faskin on the side of the head, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and break his jaw.
Mr Faskin was then taken to accident and emergency for treatment.
Mr Shields pled guilty when he appeared in court on Friday, October 9. Defence agent Neil McRobert noted he had no convictions for violence since 2002, but Sheriff Graham Buchan said the crime was ‘too serious’ for Shields not to be jailed.