Dec 7 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A man who was described by a sheriff as leaving “a trail of destruction” through Kilmarnock town centre has escaped a jail sentence.
Twenty-two-year-old Michael Agnew, of Goatfoot Road, Galston, previously pleaded guilty to charges of assault and causing a disturbance in a Kilmarnock pub.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that the first assault took place took place at the Gala bingo hall in Portland Street around 10.30pm on September 27.
A man was standing outside when he was approached by Agnew.
Said Stewart McMillan, prosecuting: “There appears to have been a discussion, more so on the accused’s part. At that time the accused punched him on the face.”
The victim tried to shelter in the nearby Wheatsheaf Inn, only to be followed by Agnew a few minutes later. When Agnew went to the toilet, his victim told staff and others about the assault.
Said Mr McMillan: “When the accused returned he was refused service. At that point the accused became abusive, shouting and swearing. He was trying to get embroiled in a fight with patrons in the pub.”
Agnew also shouted homophobic comments.
He then boarded a bus to Galston and before it got there he struck an unknown male.
Mr McMillan said: “There was a further altercation and the accused was asked to leave the bus. The other gentleman was noted to have a swollen eye.”
Agnew was arrested after being identified from CCTV footage.
He told police that he did not know what had happened and that “someone must have put something in his drink”.
Sheriff Brian Murphy placed Agnew on a community payback order with the condition that he carries out 120 hours of unpaid work.