Pub attacker narrowly dodges jail term

Coyotes Bar, at the Antonine Hotel.
Coyotes Bar, at the Antonine Hotel.

A Bo’ness man who repeatedly punched and kicked a fellow drinker in a town centre pub has narrowly escaped jail.

John Spiers (25) lost control after arguing with Joergem Reegem in Coyotes Bar in Falkirk’s Manor Street on June 5.

Spiers grabbed Mr Reegem, punched him in the face, and kicked him on the head and body while he was lying on the ground.

After walking away, he returned to dish out another kick to his victim’s head. Sheriff John Mundy said: “Normally in a case of this nature where people kick to the head, you are almost inevitably going to prison, especially as you returned to the victim.

“But I have a feeling it would be better for you if you don’t return to jail. So I will not impose custody but I had to think about that very carefully.”

Procurator fiscal depute Gary McMullan told the court that the attack happened at around 7.30pm: “When Mr Reegem entered the bar, a verbal altercation took place between the two. The complainer walked towards the door to leave and the accused followed him and hit him to the face. A witness saw the victim fall to the ground, and the accused started kicking the victim to the head and body”

Gordon Addison, defending, told the court that Mr Reegem had been “looking for a fight”.

He said: “The complainer was so drunk, he was refused service. He was looking for a fight and that’s what he got.

“Mr Spiers knows he shouldn’t have got involved; he took it too far. The remorse he was expressed to me is genuine.”

Sheriff Mundy placed Spiers, of 184 Dean Road in Bo’ness, on a 12-month supervision order with 180 hours of unpaid work to carry out with nine months.