Christmas jumper attacker and friend collect £300 court fine

A CHRISTMAS JUMPER worn by a Moray man who carried out a vicious attack at an Elgin takeaway helped land him and a friend in court this week.

22-year-old Samuel Cass appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court alongside James Arbuthnot, 19, to answer charges relating to an attack that took place at Max’s 2 restaurant on December 19.

The pair had been on a Christmas night out when they attacked Tony Paterson in what the court heard was a “nasty, vicious assault” that left their victim with a burst nose and black eye.

Cass was wearing a festive jumper featuring a snowman with a protruding carrot nose during the incident which was recorded by the takeaway’s security cameras.

Arbuthnot’s defence agent said that words were exchanged in the restaurant at around 9.30pm but his client accepted he had responded to them in an “unacceptable” manner.

In Cass’s defence solicitor Steven Carty said that he had accepted his conduct was not what he or his family would expect of him.

Sheriff David Hendry fined Arbuthnot of Jamieson Place and Cass from Woodside Terrace £300 each, telling the pair that they had may have caused the accused “considerable damage”.