Man admits assault after drinking too much at Greenlaw barbeque

A 22-year-old man has admitted vandalism and a series of assaults after drinking too much alcohol at a barbeque in Greenlaw.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 3:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:10 pm
Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Shane Donnelly pleaded guilty to 10 offences committed after being escorted from a barbeque in Church Hill on May 29 last year.

Depute fiscal Miriam Clark told Selkirk Sheriff Court that Donnelly punched wing mirrors on two cars, causing £700 damage. He then punched a house window in East High Street causing it to shatter.

Ms Clark said a local resident carrying a beer bottle came out to investigate his car window being smashed.

She continued: “The accused knocked the bottle out of his hand and pushed the witness to the ground. The witness tried to stand but the accused repeatedly kicked him. The accused picked up the bottle and struck him on the head with it."

The victim went back into his home and phoned the police while Donnelly continued to punch front doors.

Another man appeared and Donnelly punched him multiple times. A scuffle developed and the man's wife came out. Donnelly punched her on the side of the head.

The police arrived at 10.45pm. Donnelly was handcuffed but lashed out at officers with his legs. He continued to act in an aggressive manner on the journey to Edinburgh, banging his head against the cage.

It was decided to take him to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a precaution. Donnelly was placed in a wheelchair but was spitting at police officers and a spit hood had to be put on him. Inside the hospital he hurled racial abuse at medical staff.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said his client had a “chaotic” lifestyle at the time and had been sleeping at the homes of friends or in the street.

Mr Hulme said Donnelly knew most of the people involved in the Greenlaw offences and had paid for most of the repairs. He said that none of the assaults resulted in serious injuries.

Gi ven Donnelly's young age, limited record, mental health and difficult upbringing, Mr Hulme said a community disposal could be imposed as an alternative to custody.

But Sheriff Peter Paterson said in his mind the conduct merited a custodial sentence. He deferred sentence until May 18 for a mental health report.