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The View's Steven Morrison fined over 'nasty' attack

Bryan Murphy (L) and Steven Morisson
Image caption Bryan Murphy (L) and Steven Morisson both admitted the attack outside the club

The View drummer Steven Morrison has been fined £900 after he knocked a man to the ground in a row over a woman in a "nasty" attack.

Morrison assaulted Craig Cairnie after drinking heavily during a night out at Dundee's Fat Sams nightclub.

The victim had been involved in a row with Morrison's co-accused Bryan Murphy over Mr Cairnie's girlfriend.

Morrison admitted the attack outside the club where the indie rock band has played repeatedly over the years.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard how the drummer had started punching Mr Cairnie's head and body after the argument in the club erupted into violence.

Murphy, a chef, then joined the assault, leaving their victim requiring hospital treatment.

'Bad feeling'

Morrison later attempted to flee the scene, but was apprehended by police a short distance away.

Fiscal depute Laura Bruce told the court that Mr Cairnie had to be taken by ambulance to the city's Ninewells Hospital.

She said: "He had a 2cm swelling and cut on his forehead and a 2cm cut to his ear that needed to be glued.

"There had been bad feeling between the complainer and Mr Murphy regarding the complainer's ex-girlfriend.

"An argument broke out between the complainer and Mr Murphy outside the nightclub."

Ms Bruce said Morrison had punched Mr Cairnie "repeatedly" before being joined by Murphy - a colleague of the victim - in the attack.

She added: "The complainer tried to defend himself but ended up on the ground bleeding from several facial injuries."

Morrison, 24, of Donald Gardens, Dundee, and Murphy, 26, of Dundonald Street, Dundee, both pleaded guilty to the assault on 25 October 2010.

Gary McIlravey, defending Morrison, said the drummer earned £300 a week as a member of The View.

'Casual violence'

He said: "He is somewhat appalled by his own behaviour that was plainly driven by alcohol.

"He's a first offender and he will carry this conviction with him for the rest of his life and it has had a substantial impact."

Jim Laverty, representing Murphy, said his client remained suspended from his job over the incident.

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro fined Morrison £900 and said: "This really was a nasty assault and obviously drink was involved but that is no excuse.

"This almost casual violence is far too prevalent in this city."

The sheriff said a month's earnings was an "appropriate fine". It was reduced by £300 because of his early guilty plea.

Sentence was deferred on Murphy until May for his employment situation to be resolved.

The View hit number three in the UK charts with Same Jeans in 2007. The band is set to go on a major UK tour in April.

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