Student who pushed man at Paisley takeaway is convicted of assault to severe injury

An engineering student who shoved a loud drunk out of his way at a takeaway restaurant in Paisley has been convicted of assault to severe injury.

Kieran McLafferty, 26, lost his temper with victim John Lindsa,y who had been shouting at him in Causeyside Street as he went to pick up food.

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McLafferyt pushed Lindsay, 51, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the ground, resulting in him having three stitches inserted to a wound in his skull.

On Tuesday McLafferty, of Fauldshead Road, in Renfrew, appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to a charge of assault to severe injury against Mr Lindsay on January 13 last year.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard the student had been picking up a takeaway meal that evening when he was accosted by Mr Lindsay, who had been shouting at passers-by.

The victim waited outside as McLafferty collected his food around 6.15pm.

He went back outside, was confronted by the complainer and “he placed his hands on his upper torso” and pushed him.

Mr Lindsay fell backwards and struck his head.

The court was told the incident was captured on CCTV.

And Mr Lindsay first believed “he had been struck by a car” until the matter was investigated by police.

Sheriff Lindsey Kooner had called for background reports in preparation for sentencing McLafferty, who is studying civil engineering at the University of Glasgow, as well as driving an HGV lorry at the weekends to boost his income.

Defence agent Charlie McCusker said his client very much regretted his actions that evening but pointed out that the conviction will have “serious consequences” for his future.

He said: “The complainer in this case had made a point of causing trouble not only for Mr McLafferty, but for other people too.

“He is a person who is well-known in the area.

“He was shouting, swearing, and being very aggressive when drunk.

“My client was confronted. The complainer got right in his face. That is the explanation for pushing him.”

Mr McCusker added his client “had no intention of causing any injury to the complainer.”

He added: “This will have serious consequences for his future as this offence will go on his record.”

Sheriff Kooner, who studied background reports prior to the case calling, told McLafferty: “Notwithstanding the attitude of the complainer and conduct by him prior to the incident, there was evidence to the court, other than the complainer.

“But clearly that is no excuse for your behaviour in reacting in the way that you did.”

She handed him a fine of £625 but did not impose a compensation order “given the conduct of the complainer.”

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Daily Record – Paisley