Rothesay man guilty of assault over unpaid £20

A Rothesay man was convicted of assaulting a 16-year-old at the town’s sheriff court on Monday - over an unpaid bill of £20.

Garry Paton (33), address given as 1/2, 12 West Princes Street, had denied a charge of assaulting the teenager at his girlfriend’s home in Columshill Place on November 19.

The court heard Paton had gone to the house looking for the £20 as payment for a washing machine picked up five days previously.

The victim told the court Paton had thrown him about, pushed him on to a couch and punched him twice in the face after Paton demanded: “Where’s your bird with my f*****g money?”

Paton denied throwing the first punch, stating that he had been struck with the first blow just under his left eye.

But Sheriff Anderson said she had “no hesitation” in finding both the victim and his girlfriend “utterly credible and reliable witnesses”.

She told Paton: “Frankly, I didn’t believe a word you said. This was outrageous and violent behaviour.”

Paton was fined £300.

* Full story in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 7.