Drunken Irishman pays a heavy price for night on the town

Irish visitor was brawling in Forres High Street.
Irish visitor was brawling in Forres High Street.

A DRUNKEN IRISHMAN who ‘serenaded’ police with sectarian songs landed up in Elgin Sheriff Court this week.

Michael Green, 19, was out with a work colleague at the Legends Bar in Forres – but he ended up going over the top with both his drinking and behaviour, brawling in the street with his colleague in the early hours of July 17.

Green was in Moray working on new fibre optic cabling when he decided to head for the bar with colleague Michael McMonagle. The court was told that he and McMonagle started arguing inside the bar before taking their differences on to the High Street.

When witness Karina Collie tried to separate the pair, she was pushed to the ground by Green who also bit another man in the arm when he too tried to break up the brawl. When police arrived they had to contend with a barrage of insults from Green, who was also singing sectarian songs.

Speaking on behalf of Green, whose address was given as being in Ireland, defence solicitor Ian Maltman said that his client was embarrassed when informed of his actions and had no recollection of them.

Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov, on being told that Green received a substantial wage, imposed a fine of £1900.

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