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Golfer David Drysdale fined for assault in McDonalds in Edinburgh

David Drysdale
Image caption David Drysdale pled guilty to two charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

One of Scotland's professional golfers has been fined £1,350 for a drunken row in a McDonalds restaurant in Edinburgh.

David Drysdale, 37, from Cockburnspath in Berwickshire, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and racially aggravated breach of the peace.

The incident happened in the Princes Street branch of the fast food chain on 7 March 2011 after a night out.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Drysdale made a racist remark about a worker following a row over the toilets.

Drysdale also shouted and swore at customer, Luke Woolley.

Seized by throat

Fiscal depute, Malcolm Stewart, told Sheriff Gordon Liddle that Drysdale told Mr Woolley to keep his mouth shut.

Drysdale then "using both hands seized Mr Woolley by the throat and physically lifted him partly out of his seat by the throat".

The police were then called.

Defence solicitor, Nigel Beaumont, said Drysdale was very ashamed of the incident.

Sheriff Liddle fined Drysdale £675 on each charge, a total of £1350.

Drysdale asked for a month to pay the fine and this was agreed.

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