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Millionaire bus tycoon son admits bar fight in Perth

The son of millionaire bus tycoon Brian Souter has told a court he is battling a serious drink problem after admitting breaking a man's nose.

Scott Souter, 21, punched Keith Dewar and Drew Fleming after they "frowned" at him at the RocaBlu bar in Perth on 30 June.

Mr Fleming suffered a broken nose.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie deferred sentence and ordered Souter to write a "private and confidential" letter to him about his drink problem.

The court heard Souter had drunk so much in the 80s theme pub that he had little memory of the incident, and he believed he might have been having a hypoglycaemic episode.

Counsel for Souter, Sheila McCall, said her client had an alcohol problem and that his family were in a position to pay privately for treatment to help him.

She told the court: "He has deep regret over his behaviour and wishes to apologise unreservedly to these two young men."

Sheriff McCreadie said: "You have reported having a craving for alcohol. You need to address it. You are in a position to do something about it. I want to see a life free of booze.

"I want him to write a letter expressing to me privately the situation he sees himself in. I want to hear his response. I don't just want the usual excuse."

Souter was ordered to be of good behaviour until March and was told to bring along £700 to be paid in compensation to his victims.

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