SCALES OF JUS­TICE Drunk bit shopkeeper af­ter binge on vodka

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A MAN griev­ing the death of his niece downed a bot­tle of vodka and took his fury out on a shopkeeper.

Glas­gow Sher­iff Court heard Mar­tin Ross has suf­fered five be­reave­ments in five years from his close-knit fam­ily.

On the day of the in­ci­dent, he had at­tended at a po­lice of­fice to pick up a ci­ta­tion but the doc­u­ment wasn’t ready for him.

While ag­i­tated, he bought a bot­tle of vodka and downed it on a bus be­fore get­ting off on Great Western Road and head­ing to the Day To­day store for juice.

Two shop­keep­ers, aged 43 and 63, asked him to leave as he was drunk. Ross, from Mary­hill, threw a juice car­ton at them while shout­ing and swear­ing. Af­ter call­ing the cops, the younger shopkeeper held on to Ross to stop him throw­ing any­thing else. Fu­ri­ous Ross bit the man, dur­ing the in­ci­dent on Septem­ber 26 this year, break­ing his skin and leav­ing swelling.

The 42-year-old was on bail, granted on Jan­uary 25, 2017, at Glas­gow Jus­tice of the Peace Court, at the time of the of­fences.

His de­fence brief told Glas­gow Sher­iff Court: “Prior to this of­fence he had been at­tempt­ing to detox him­self. He has lost some five mem­bers of his fam­ily in the past five years, in­clud­ing his niece, who was preg­nant.

“The baby was de­liv­ered but died sev­eral min­utes later.

“Mr Ross has taken this very hard.”

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tot­ten sen­tenced him to a Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der with 18 months su­per­vi­sion and 120 hours of un­paid work .

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