Glasgow & West Scotland

Scott Lawson jailed over 'severed ear brawl' in Glasgow

A man who admitted biting part of a Hibs fan's ear off during a mass brawl has been jailed for two years and given a seven year football banning order.

Scott Lawson, 27, from Doncaster, attacked Ian Taylor on 10 March last year at Glasgow Central Station.

Warren Miller, 28, and Stuart Younger, 30, were each jailed for a year after admitting their parts in the organised brawl and handed five year ban orders.

The trouble was said to be between Hibs fans and a "Rangers Chelsea" group.

An earlier hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court was told that the brawl broke out as the Hibs fans got off a train after watching their team's match against Ayr United.

CCTV footage

Another group of men, described as having a "Rangers Chelsea connection" arranged to be at the station at the same time.

When the two crowds came together fighting broke out around the station.

CCTV footage of the incident was played in court and showed the three accused taking part in the mass disturbance.

Lawson was seen attacking Mr Taylor and staying fixed to his ear for a number of seconds.

Police later recovered part of Mr Taylor's ear from the middle of the station's concourse.

The court was told that the victim lost the upper part of his left ear and required surgery and stitches to remove the "ragged edges" from the wound.

Lawson, Miller and Younger pleaded guilty to engaging in behaviour likely to incite public disorder by forming part of a disorderly crowd, fighting, gesticulating, throwing missiles, challenging others to a fight and placing those nearby in a state of fear and alarm.

Lawson also admitted assaulting Mr Taylor to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement by biting his ear.

Passing sentence on the men, Sheriff Martin Jones QC told them: "At the time, the concourse was extremely busy with members of the public making their way to and from trains.

"You were part of a large group of individuals who had entered the station with the express purpose of engaging in public disorder and violence with football fans."

He told them passers-by tried to "seek refuge" from their "disgraceful behaviour".

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