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Fireman Michael MacDonald jailed for violent Aberdeen attack

Aberdeen Sheriff Court [Pic: Crown Copyright]
Image caption Aberdeen Sherriff Court heard of "10 seconds that will change Mr MacDonald's life forever"

A long-serving fireman who left a man permanently disfigured in a violent, alcohol-fuelled assault has been jailed for 18 months.

Crew manager Michael MacDonald, 43, got involved in fight with brothers Alexander and Peter Johnston outside the Snuggery Bar in Aberdeen's Market Street in February.

He was caught on CCTV stamping on Alexander Johnston's face.

MacDonald, who admitted the attack, now faces disciplinary procedures.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, defence agent Gregor Kelly said it had been a momentary lapse in judgement from a well-respected member of the fire service.

Mr Kelly said: "It was 10 seconds that will change Mr MacDonald's life forever.

"It will also change Mr Johnston's life.

"He had taken a number of beers. He considered himself 'merry' rather than 'incapable'.

"Clearly alcohol was a factor in this massive error of judgement. He has let himself down, his family down, and his colleagues of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who held him in such high esteem."

'Personal tragedy'

Sheriff Graham Buchanan said: "This whole matter is a personal tragedy for you.

"You left two people injured as a result of what you did.

"It's clear to me from seeing the video you used extreme violence, particularly in relation to the stamping assault on Alexander Johnston.

"I reached the conclusion that due to the extreme nature of what you did, albeit in very short period of time, there is no alternative to custody in this case."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said MacDonald would face disciplinary procedures following his conviction.

A spokesman said: "We note the sentence handed at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to Michael MacDonald in relation to what was a serious matter.

"As the matter is now subject to internal disciplinary procedures it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage."

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