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Couple on way home from family celebration witness assault in Inverness city centre

By Court Reporter

Inverness Sheriff Court was told a couple who witnessed an assault were told "It's OK...he owes us money."

Two witnesses told Inverness Sheriff Court how they saw a man attacked in the city centre on their way home from a family celebration.

David and Eileen Kelly were in Church Street on June 19, 2018, when they witnessed Sean Clark punch a man on a bike and knock him to the ground.

Clark (42) of Diriebught Court, Inverness, had denied a charge of assault and lodged a special defence of self defence, but Mr and Mrs Kelly said they saw nothing that would support that.

The court heard that the couple intervened in the face of the attack, called the police and Mrs Kelly told Clark she would film the assault as evidence.

Mr Kelly said that a woman also present at the scene told them: “It’s OK, we know him. He owes us money.”

The court also heard from a police officer who attended.

He said Clark’s victim was left bleeding from the nose and mouth but was able to be taken home after being cleaned up by ambulance staff.

The victim was now dead, the court was told, but not as a result of the attack.

Found guilty of the assault, the court heard Clark had previous convictions and sentence was deferred to March 5 for reports.

He admitted a separate charge of failing to appear for an earlier court hearing that had been scheduled for August 27 last year.

On that charge he was fined £200.

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