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Royal Navy engineer and friend admit Dundee street attack

Ewan Simpson and Connor McKay Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption Ewan Simpson and Connor McKay left the scene of the assault in a taxi

A Royal Navy aircraft engineer and a friend who attacked a man on a night out in Dundee have been given community sentences.

Connor McKay and Ewan Simpson carried out the assault after drinking at Dundee University's student union.

A court heard an argument broke out after Robert Turnbull and a friend spoke to two women who were with McKay and Simpson.

Mr Turnbull was pursued by the pair and assaulted, leaving him unconscious.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told that McKay, a Royal Navy air engineering technician, and Simpson left the scene in a taxi.

Depute fiscal Susan Ruta said the men ran towards Mr Turnbull before Simpson punched him once on the head, knocking him to the ground.

She said: "Whilst there he was kicked once by each accused.

"They landed on the area of his leg.

"One of the females came and separated them.

"The complainer felt severe pain causing him to pass out."

'Highly offended'

The court heard that Mr Turnbull sustained three fractures to his right ankle.

Miss Ruta said: "An operation was carried out with metal pins, screws and plates being placed in, which will remain there permanently.

"He still requires painkillers and will permanently feel stiffness in the right ankle, and may in future not be able to spend long periods on his feet."

McKay, 23, of Broxburn, and Simpson, 24, of Edinburgh, admitted a charge of assault to severe injury and permanent impairment.

The incident took place on October 3 last year at Smalls Wynd, Dundee.

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty, for McKay, said the incident had been sparked by comments made to the women by Mr Turnbull and his friend.

He said: "Had those comments been made to anyone in my company I would have been highly offended."

Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed community payback orders on both men with 180 hours unpaid work to be completed within one year.

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