Published: 25/10/2012 02:05 - Updated: 25/10/2012 12:41

Ross man hit barman on head with bottle in gay porn row

Tain Sheriff Court
Tain Sheriff Court

A MAN who struck a gay barman on the head with a bottle in a row in a Ross hotel over gay pornography on an i-pad, it was claimed in court.

Hugh McCullough had a room at the Railway Hotel in Tain and went to the man’s room after closing time, Tain Sheriff Court was told.

Depute Fiscal Roderick Urquhart said there were two different accounts of what had happened.

He said the barman was openly homosexual and invited McCullough back to his room where drinking took place. McCullough went to the bathroom and when he came out there was an argument regarding gay pornography on an i-pad and who had been using it.

Mr Urquhart said it ended with McCullough striking him on the head with a bottle and calling him “a dirty poof”.

When he was later traced by police McCullough told police: “I will admit I hit him with a bottle. He was showing me gay porn.”

McCullough (47), of no fixed abode, admitted assaulting the man on October 1 by striking him on the head with a bottle to his injury and that the offence was aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

He also admitted at various points between Tain and Inverness behaving in an abusive or threatening manner, shouting and swearing and threatening violence towards police officers.

Neil Wilson, solicitor, told the court: “Put simply he (McCullough) was subject to unexpected and unwelcome sexual advances by the complainer in this case. He acknowledges what he did was wrong.”

Mr Wilson said a report before the court showed he was quite badly injured and discharged from the army and didn’t receive the help required. But the solicitor acknowledged that perhaps McCullough didn’t seek help.

He added: “He has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress. He plainly needs help. He has had custodial punishment in the past and has spent three weeks in the cells on this offence.”

Sheriff Charlotte Coutts said she would follow the recommendation of the report and go with a community based disposal.

She placed McCullough on a two-year supervision requirement and ordered him to carry out 80 hours of community service.

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