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Personal trainer clashes with staff at Inverness bar

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A man clashed with stewards at The Malt Room pub in Inverness.
A man clashed with stewards at The Malt Room pub in Inverness.

A personal trainer was angry when he was refused permission to enter a bar from which he had already been banned.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that 33 year old Ross Houston, of Fairmuir Road, Muir of Ord, shouted and swore at door staff outside the Malt Room in Inverness and then spat chewing gum at the two men.

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The offence occurred around 1.05pm on July 16 last year and he admitted threatening or abusive behaviour.

Fiscal depute Shay Treanor said Houston was told by door staff he was barred, to which he replied that he knew he was but that he was going to “try anyway”.

He swore at them and when he spat out hs chewing gum it landed on the shoe of one of the stewards.

Defence solicitor Marc Dickson said the father of two was "embarrassed and says it shouldn't have happened. He accepts he behaved poorly."

Fining Houston £420, Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald told him: "If you are barred, you are barred for a reason. Don't go back there and don't spit at people."

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