Glasgow & West Scotland

Scott Lawson remanded in jail over 'severed ear brawl'

A man is facing a jail term for biting part of a Hibs fan's ear off during an organised brawl in Glasgow Central Station involving about 50 people.

Scott Lawson, 27, from Doncaster, was remanded in custody after he admitted attacking Ian Taylor on 10 March 2012.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, co-accused Warren Miller, 28, and Stuart Younger, 30, were bailed after they admitted being part of the disturbance.

The trouble was said to be between Hibs fans and a "Rangers Chelsea" group.

The court heard how the brawl broke out as the Hibs fans got off a train at Glasgow Central after watching their teams match against Ayr United.

CCTV footage

Another group of men, described as having a "Rangers Chelsea connection" arranged to be at the station at the same time.

When the two crowds came together fighting broke out around the station.

CCTV footage of the incident was played in court and showed the three accused taking part in the mass disturbance.

Lawson was seen attacking Mr Taylor and staying fixed to his ear for a number of seconds.

The court was told by procurator fiscal depute Mark Allan that the men appeared from the Hope Street entrance of Central Station and around 50 people were involved in total.

He said: "In the aftermath, what was recovered by police and photographed by police lying in the middle of the concourse of central station was the remaining part of the ear of Ian Taylor.

"Ian Taylor attended at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary that night around 9.20pm. What was clear to medical staff was he lost the upper two thirds top portion of his left ear."

Mr Taylor was given a tetanus jag and returned the next day for plastic surgery when the "ragged edges" were removed and his ear was stitched.

'All responsible'

Lawson, Miller and Younger pleaded guilty to engaging in behaviour likely to incite public disorder by forming part of a disorderly crowd, fighting, gesticulating, throwing missiles, challenging others to a fight and placing those nearby in a state of fear and alarm.

Lawson also admitted assaulting Mr Taylor to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement by biting his ear.

Deferring sentence on the three accused, Sheriff Martin Jones QC told them: "I have seen the video of your behaviour and behaviour of others and you are all responsible for everything that happened."

He added: "The indiscriminate violent behaviour involving members of the public is something that will not be tolerated under any circumstances."

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