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Lout avoids prison.

A yob has been spared jail for battering a man after leaving a town centre gig.

Jamie Smith, 24, pounced on Crawford Irvine at the taxi rank just yards from Paisley's Gilmour Street Station.

He pummelled him on the head and body as a pal taunted the victim.

Smith was hit with a fine after admitting assault during a hearing at Paisley Sheriff Court.

Prosecutor John Penman told how the attack was captured on camera.

He said:"The entire incident was witnessed on local CCTV. It was in the bus shelter in County Square.

"At around 11.40pm, the accused and another male had been at a concert and had been drinking.

"They were at the locus and were waiting to get a taxi home. Jamie Smith punched Crawford Irvine on the face."

Smith lashed out in Paisley's County Square.

He had been at a concert with friend Jordan Painter, 24, when he attacked Mr Irvine.

The court heard he aimed jabs at the victim's face and body during the street rammy on November 5, 2017.

Painter was captured mocking and repeatedly pointing at Mr Crawford.

He pled guilty to acting in a threatening or abusive manner.

Defence lawyer Mark Chambers insisted Smith now accepted his actions were"a disproportionate response"to and argument between him, his friend and their victim.

Defence solicitor Paul Ralph represented Painter.

He said:"History doesn't really recall what the argument was about, but those involved seem to be well-known to this court."

Smith and Painter had been charged with assault.

But prosecutors dropped charges after they attacked another man and rained punches down on him after knocking him to the ground.

Painter, of Perth, was fined PS300 and told to pay PS50 each month.

Smith, of Brediland Road, Paisley, was ordered to hand over PS525 at PS20 per week and was warned he would be jailed if he misses a payment.

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Jan 25, 2019
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