Pensioner lashed out in car park row
A 68-year-old man assaulted another pensioner in a row over their dogs.
John Cotrill, of Greenhall Road, Bridge of Dee, admitted headbutting the man at the Doach Wood car park near Palnackie in May.
The two had arrived at around the same time and Cotrill’s Staffordshirecross ran up to the other settertype dog and bowled it over.
The incident led to an argument and the assault took place with Cotrill later telling police: “I regret it.”
The story came to light at Dumfries Sheriff Court where Cotrill admitted assault.
Fiscal depute Pamela Rhodes said there was little time between the owners arriving and letting their dogs out.
Solicitor Gavin Orr said Cotrill claimed the other man started shouting at him and he reacted but said it was his cap with a stiff brim which hit the other man on the nose, leaving some cuts.
Sheriff Ross MacFarlane said pictures of the wound seemed to show it was caused by more than a cap and called for reports.
Sentence was deferred to the end of the month.