Pen­sioner lashed out in car park row

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

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.

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