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Birmingham man damaged Inverness hotel door when refused entry

By Ali Morrison

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Kingsmills Hotel.
Kingsmills Hotel.

Police reinforcement and a PAVA spray had to be used to restrain a Birmingham man who was refused entry to an Inverness hotel because he had previously been banned from there.

The incident took place at the Kingsmills Hotel about 3.50pm on March 16, 2024 and 31-year-old Shaun McGeough of Winchester Road, reacted angrily, smashing two door glass panels.

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Inverness Sheriff Court heard that police were called and McGeough was traced quickly but he again became aggressive.

Fiscal depute Adele Gray told Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald: "He had to be restrained to the ground by two officers and tried to strike one on the face.

"A PAVA spray was deployed and more officers had to be called to restrain him."

Defending, Myhrin Hill told the court: "He had refrained from alcohol for many months before this and it was the first time he had taken alcohol in that time.

"He has again not consumed alcohol since and is disappointed in himself. He went to the police station to personally apologise to the officers for his behaviour."

McGeough admitted charges of reckless conduct and police assault.

Sheriff Macdonald noted that McGeough had "several previous convictions for assaults on police".

Ordering him to carry out 105 hours of unpaid work, the sheriff told him: "If you carry on like this you will end up in jail. You are near there now but I will give you a last chance."

She also placed him under a year's social work supervision.

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