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Glasgow 2014: Australian boxer's brother fined for bottle attack on boy

A man who was watching his brother compete in the Commonwealth Games has been fined for throwing a plastic bottle which struck a child.

Laith Samaradali, 25, from Australia, shouted and swore when his brother Jordan's fight ended on 30 July.

When a member of the public told him to watch his language Samaradali threw a bottle which hit a boy, aged seven.

He admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour and assaulting the child to his injury.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the child burst into tears after being hit by the bottle during the event at the SECC.

Samaradali was ordered to pay £200 to Christopher Savage, the man who asked him to watch his language, and the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

'Bad man'

Passing sentence Sheriff Norman Ritchie QC told him: "According to some, the games aren't quite as good as the Olympics but they are a big event for Glasgow."

He told Samaradali: "You were welcomed here to support your brother as people around the planet were welcomed to this country."

The sheriff branded his behaviour "all too common" and told him he turned his abuse to the member of the public that pointed out the "error of his ways".

He added: "That young boy was attending an event in the city which should have left him with long lasting, pleasant memories.

"Now, he will have the recollection of a bad man shouting and swearing and throwing a bottle at him."

As Samaradali left the court building with his wife and carrying his baby he said: "Dreams have been broken due to bad refereeing."

His wife told the press waiting outside that the bottle hit the child on the arm and that they were "very apologetic".

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