Unpaid work for attacking woman with a beer keg

An irate pub customer threw a beer keg at a female member of staff, striking her on the shoulder to her injury.

By Court reporter
Tuesday, 2nd August 2022, 9:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd August 2022, 9:35 am
Crown Hotel, Peebles.
Crown Hotel, Peebles.

Thirty-six-year-old David McGarva pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to the offence, which happened in High Street, Peebles, on September 13 last year. He also admitted assaulting a man in the woman’s company by seizing him by the body and attempting to punch him.

Procurator fiscal Alasdair Fay said the accused entered the Crown Hotel and asked if he could purchase a takeaway.

He purchased a pint of lager and sat down, but later stumbled into a customer and was unsteady on his feet and was told to leave.

While outside, he moved a beer keg from where it had been sitting and a staff person noticed it had been moved and moved it back.

McGarva said something to the female member of staff which she could not understand and was generally aggressive.

Mr Fay added that McGarva was still outside at five to midnight when the staff member came outside and McGarva picked up the beer keg above his head and threw it at the woman, striking her on the shoulder to her injury.

McGarva then got hold of a man who had intervened by the body and swung a couple of punches at him which missed.

Not guilty pleas to possession of an offensive weapon and culpable and reckless conduct were accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Peter Paterson sentenced McGarva to a total of 200 hours unpaid work as an alternative to custody.