Man pleads not guilty to coin throw charge

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An Air­drie man ac­cused of in­jur­ing a foot­ball lines­man by throw­ing a coin at him has been banned from all Scot­tish grounds.

Stu­art McGaughay was warned that he faced be­ing sent to prison if he breached the bail con­di­tion for­bid­ding him from at­tend­ing any reg­u­lated foot­ball match

The 30-year-old, from Air­drie, ap­peared from cus­tody on an as­sault charge at Liv­ingston Sher­iff Court last week after hand­ing him­self in to po­lice.

McGaughay was charged with throw­ing a coin or sim­i­lar ob­ject at as­sis­tant ref­eree Calum Spence and “thereby strik­ing him on the head with same to his in­jury”.

Spence was filmed bleed­ing from a head wound after be­ing hit by an ob­ject thrown from the crowd dur­ing Liv­ingston’s 1-0 win over Rangers at the Tony Mac­a­roni Arena on Oc­to­ber 24.

McGaughay pled not guilty and is due to stand trial in De­cem­ber.

Ste­wart Pee­bles, de­fend­ing, asked for McGaughay – who he said had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions – to be freed on bail.

Prose­cu­tor Kate Ir­win asked for two spe­cial con­di­tions – that the ac­cused did not at­tend or try to at­tend any reg­u­lated match in Scot­land and that he doesn’t con­tact or ap­proach, or try to con­tact or ap­proach, the al­leged vic­tim.

McGaughay agreed to both and the con­di­tions will ap­ply un­til the court case is dealt with.

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