Workmate’s ‘banter’ lands Macmerry man in court

Haddington Sheriff Court

Haddington Sheriff Court

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An offensive remark about his pregnant partner from a work colleague led to a Macmerry man kicking the man unconscious.

Kerr Liddle was a fish processor in Musselburgh when workmate Mark Home repeatedly made the comment to him.

Liddle, of 11 Station Court, Macmerry, initially ignored the remark and walked away from the situation, but finally snapped as he and Mr Home enjoyed a break.

Mr Home was sitting outside the JKT fish factory at Eskmills Industrial Estate when he again said: “I bet you can’t wait until your Mrs has the bairn so you can go and s*** it”.

Liddle eventually snapped and kicked Mr Home in the face as he sat on the kerb, knocking him out.

Liddle (29) was suspended without pay for two weeks by his employers, but has since been reinstated.

Mr Home was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Liddle appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court on Monday, December 30, for sentencing after pleading guilty to assaulting Mr Home by kicking him on the head to his injury at Eskmills Industrial Estate on August 16 last year.

Depute fiscal Calum Darling told the court that, following the attack, Mr Home was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment to a nose injury and though he was released after six hours, paramedics had viewed his unconsciousness with “scepticism”.

Mr Darling added that the “work banter” had escalated despite Liddle trying to ignore it on two occasions.

Defence agent Alison Craig told the court her client lashed out as he believed the comments to be “grossly offensive”, but had been “upset by his actions”.

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen recognised that “any blow to the head can have terrible consequences” but did accept “there had been provocation” for the assault.

Sheriff MacFadyen handed Liddle a £350 fine.

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