Rothesay man’s assault ‘defies belief’ - sheriff

Rothesay man Jordan Junner pleaded guilty to a charge of assault when he appeared at the town's sheriff court at Eaglesham House on August 26.
Rothesay man Jordan Junner pleaded guilty to a charge of assault when he appeared at the town's sheriff court at Eaglesham House on August 26.

A Rothesay man challenged a complete stranger to fight in the middle of the town - and then smashed a bottle over his head, the town’s sheriff court was told on Monday.

Jordan Junner admitted striking a visitor to the island with a glass bottle, knocking him to the ground and trying to punch him on the body in the town’s High Street in the early hours of June 2.

Junner (19), whose address was given as 21 Bush Road, had his sentence deferred for background reports.

The court heard the victim and his friend had got into a “perfectly friendly” conversation with Junner, who had then suggested that the two parties fight each other.

Junner’s victim turned away to urinate before the fight began, but was struck on the head as he did so.

“It just defies belief,” Sheriff Ruth Anderson said. “I don’t like using the word ‘feral’, but that’s what it’s like.”

* A former Rothesay resident was jailed for nine months at the town’s sheriff court on Monday after admitting a breach of a community payback order.

Sean Reilly (19), whose address was given as 28 Dundonald Road, Paisley, admitted failing to comply with the terms of an order imposed for a charge of assaulting a woman in Rothesay in 2011.

Reilly was given six months for the breach, and a further month for each of three additional charges on which sentence had been deferred - two charges of threatening or abusive behaviour in Mill Street, Rothesay, one of which involved brandishing a knife, and one of stealing a quantity of alcohol from the Co-operative supermarket in the town’s Bridge Street.