Man fined after assaulting Tesco staff

A 28-year-old man who assaulted two superstore workers in Galashiels in the space of three weeks has been ordered to pay a total of £380 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 2:08 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 2:12 pm
Tesco Superstore in Galashiels

Callum Stewart pleaded guilty to the offences which happened at the Tesco premises on May 13 and June 5 while he was shopping.

On the first occasion he was challenged by an employee in the self-service area for not paying for a Bag for Life he had taken.

Stewart then pushed the male and threw a coin at him which struck him on the body.

At around 5pm on June 5 he entered Tesco again and was approached by another employee who reminded him he was banned from the store.

Stewart became hostile at being asked to leave and ended up throwing a carton of milk which struck the employee and burst, covering his body in milk.

Depute fiscal Fiona Hamilton said both assaults happened during the course of their employment for both men and that both incidents were captured on CCTV.

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick said it had been a long time since his client had been in any trouble.

He said that Stewart was about to move to Manchester where his cousin lives to start a new job.

Stewart of Balmoral Road, Galashiels, was fined £90 on both charges and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of the employees he assaulted.