Wednesday, 19 September 2007



A YOB attacked a line-dancing instructor in a bizarre barney at a popular social club.

Paul Devine, 34, had been at a funeral wake a short time before he assaulted his victim.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Devine had been drinking at the reception at Lilybank Social Club, in Brewery Street, Johnstone, when line-dancing teachers arrived to set up for a regular class held there.

“A few of the party asked if they could stay and they were told this was fine,” the depute fiscal told the court. “However, during the class, the accused and two other members of the party continually walked across the dance floor and caused disruption.”

Devine and one of the line-dancing teachers then went outside to discuss the matter, but things soon turned nasty.

The court heard that the accused punched the instructor on the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

Cops were called and Devine was taken to Paisley Police Office.

The depute fiscal added: “While in the police office, the accused became further aggravated and continued to struggle and attempted to bite the right hand of a police witness.”

Defence agent Robert Kerr told the court: “Mr Devine accepts he chose poorly in dealing with the matter as he did.”

Devine hit the headlines recently when it was revealed that he was part of a fishing crew that discovered the skull of missing accountant Andrew Ramsay in the Firth of Clyde.

Mr Ramsay’s skull was dredged up in the nets of the trawler Devine was working on.

Sheriff Robert Vaughan ordered Devine to pay the line-dancing instructor £250 in compensation.

He was also sentenced to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work in the community.

The accused, from Largs, was told that this would have been 240 hours had he not pled guilty at an early stage.

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