Man, 29, ad­mits bru­tal at­tack on col­league

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY DANNY MCKAY

A BOSS at a city cen­tre restau­rant bru­tally kicked and stamped on a col­league when she chal­lenged him for smok­ing in­doors. Christo­pher Mur­ray, 29, who had been a man­ager at Gran­ite Park in Golden Square, as­saulted his col­league af­ter they had both stayed on at the bar drink­ing af­ter fin­ish­ing their shifts on July 29. In the early hours of the next morn­ing, a row over a cig­a­rette sparked the shock­ing at­tack. De­pute fis­cal Lucy Simp­son told Aberdeen Sher­iff Court: “At 2.30am the com­plainer left the bar area to have a cig­a­rette out­side. “She re­turned in­side and ob­served the ac­cused to be smok­ing his own cig­a­rette within the lo­cus. “She told him to stop smok­ing in­side. The ac­cused be­came very ag­gres­sive with the com­plainer at that point. He punched the com­plainer twice to the face.” The court was shown CCTV footage from just out­side the restau­rant at around 5am which showed the as­sault con­tin­u­ing. She added CCTV in the bar showed Mur­ray push the fe­male to the ground and punch her, as well as “kick­ing out ag­gres­sively and knock­ing over a till”. Ms Simp­son added: “At one point the com­plainer tries to stand up and the ac­cused is seen to stamp on her back, caus­ing her to fall once more. “The ac­cused is also seen to place his foot on the com­plainer’s neck and ap­ply pres­sure. “He is sub­se­quently seen to put his hand around her neck be­fore stand­ing up and ei­ther stamp­ing or kick­ing on her stom­ach and head be­fore leav­ing.” Mur­ray’s vic­tim was left with in­juries which re­quired stitches. He pled guilty to as­sault to se­vere in­jury. De­fence agent John Fer­rie asked for sen­tence to be de­ferred for a re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der as­sess­ment and re­served mit­i­ga­tion for the next call­ing of the case. Sher­iff Ian Wal­lace told Mur­ray, of Mor­ri­son Place, Cru­den Bay, that sen­tence would be de­ferred un­til next month, but warned: “Clearly it’s a mat­ter where the court will be con­sid­er­ing cus­tody.” Forbes Innes, di­rec­tor of Gran­ite Park, said Mur­ray was dis­missed fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent and the woman re­signed shortly af­ter. He said: “This has had a mas­sive ef­fect on us be­cause they were two long-stand­ing em­ploy­ees who we trusted. “We’re shocked this hap­pened, ab­so­lutely gob­s­macked.”

Christo­pher Mur­ray, 29, leaves Aberdeen Sher­iff Court af­ter plead­ing guilty to as­sault to se­vere in­jury

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