Ex-squaddie causes pool room bust-up in Laurieston pub

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A drunken ex-serviceman found himself caught up in a bar-room scuffle and took it upon himself to push a woman to the ground.

Tensions were running high in Laurie’s Bar when Martin Thomson (33) started arguing with another pub customer. Police were called when Thomson, a former member of the armed forces, pushed the woman and then threw her to the ground.

Thomson, 163 Davids Loan, Bainsford, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pleaded guilty to the assault he committed at the Mary Street, Laurieston, pub and resisting police officers on October 28. He also admitted behaving in a threatening manner and assaulting a member of staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on October 28 into October 29.

Graham McLachlan, procurator fiscal depute, said: “An argument developed between the accused and another man in the pool table area of the bar. The accused ran towards the witness and pushed her towards the ground.

“During the course of all this someone contacted the police.”

Officers struggled to take Thomson into custody and he began vomiting. They took him to Forth Valley Royal Hospital, where he called staff ‘‘maggots’’ and tried to spit on them.

When Thomson was eventually taken to the police station and questioned he said he could not remember anything.

The court heard Thomson himself was given a good going over in the pub.

Defence solicitor Gordon Addison said: “Whatever he had done, some summary justice was meted out on him. He was facing the music for something but has no real recollection of events because he was so intoxicated.

“He wasn’t the only participant in the disturbance.”

Sheriff Linda Smith placed Thomson on a supervised community payback order for 18 months with the condition he complete 100 hours unpaid work within three months.