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Former Marine admits throwing fatal punch

A former Royal Marine has admitted culpable homicide after a man he hit with a single punch died outside an East Lothian social club.

David Malcolm, from Midlothian, said he hit Brian Lawrie, 22, from Musselburgh, because he was giving him "cheek".

Mr Lawrie suffered a fractured skull in the attack at the Wiremill Social Club, Musselburgh, on 21 February 2010.

He later died in hospital on 9 March. Sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh was deferred for background reports.

Advocate depute Martin Macari said Malcolm, 29, later told police "he had never wanted to hurt Lawrie and had just hit him because he was being cheeky".

Showed remorse

CCTV footage showed an argument between the pair outside the club before the fatal punch was delivered.

Mr Lawrie was knocked backwards down steps and fell to the ground.

Advocate depute Martin Macari said: "He said he had never wanted to hurt Lawrie and had just hit him because he was being cheeky."

Speaking on behalf of Malcolm, defence solicitor advocate Richard Goddard said it was acknowledged that the events were "a tragedy first and foremost for Brian Lawrie and his family".

He added that Malcolm felt "profound and genuine" remorse.

The judge, Lord Kinclaven, deferred sentence until next month and remanded him in custody.

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