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Perth man jailed after 10th assault conviction

A man who escaped a prison sentence for almost 20 years despite a string of convictions for violent assaults has been jailed.

Joseph Tindal, 36, was sentenced to five months after he admitted repeatedly punching a man in a pub in an argument over a woman.

He has nine previous convictions for assault, including some on police officers.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher told Tindal he had an "extremely bad record".

"You have had probation and you have had community service and none of those have deterred you from committing these types of offence," the sheriff said.

"I cannot deal with it any other way than a custodial sentence."

'Unfortunate' incident

The court heard that Tindal had punched his victim Eric Hamilton after claiming he had made an inappropriate remark to a woman he knew at the Victoria Inn, Coupar Angus, on 16 July.

Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson told Perth Sheriff Court: "He decided to become involved. There was an altercation in the public house and he was asked to leave, which he did.

"Unfortunately, Mr Hamilton went outside and the accused started punching him on the face."

Solicitor Linda Clark, defending, said the incident was "very unfortunate".

"The lady who was working there was a longstanding friend of his. He doesn't know the complainer," she told the court.

"He had good intentions to start with. He made a comment about the inappropriateness of the complainer's conduct."

Ms Clark asked the sheriff to avoid sending her client, to jail because he had no convictions since 2010.

Tindal, from Perth, has three convictions for assault in 1994, and in 1996 he was placed on probation for assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

He was fined £750 for two assault convictions in 1998, and £400 for another in 2001.

In 2007 he was fined £200 and in June last year he was ordered to carry out 160 hours community service after he admitted assault to injury.

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