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Big fine at Inverness Sheriff Court for assault and racial abuse in Asian takeaway

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald
Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald

A customer pushed and racially abused two staff members at an Asian takeaway in Inverness while intoxicated, the city's sheriff court heard.

James Carroll (32), of Millerton View, Inverness, told the two men they should go back to the country they came from, and turning to other customers, suggested they were "probably skinning camels in the back".

The police were called and Carroll was charged.

Carroll admitted that last July 23 at the Spicy Spot, in Grant Street, he assaulted the two men by pushing them on the body, and racial abusing them.

Defence solicitor Marc Dickson told Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald that Carroll had problems but was now in the care of New Craigs Hospital and was determined to turn his life around.

Mr Dickson said: "Since this event, he hasn't taken any alcohol or other substances."

He added that his client had also started yoga classes which "seem to have helped him get some stability in his life," and he wished to publicly apologise for his behaviour towards the two men.

Sheriff MacDonald fined Carroll £540 after telling him: "This was an extremely unpleasant way to behave, and for these two gentlemen to experience."

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