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Man fined over drunken assault on two women in taxi

Perth Sheriff Court Image copyright David Hawgood
Image caption The court heard that McKenzie had little recollection of the incident

A gas engineer has been ordered to pay £1,000 to two female taxi passengers he punched after trying to gatecrash their cab in Perth.

Jamie McKenzie, 27, had initially been allowed to get in the cab by the strangers but turned on them when the driver tried to throw him out.

He attacked both of them and was ordered to pay £500 compensation each. He was also fined £500.

McKenzie admitted assaulting the two women and apologised for his actions.

The attack happened on 7 April last year.

Fiscal depute Robbie Brown told Perth Sheriff Court: "It was 3am at the rank when the two ladies got into the back of a taxi. As it was about to move off the accused got in.

"He said he was going a relatively short distance. They let him stay, but his behaviour deteriorated to such an extent that the driver stopped the taxi.

"He got out and moved towards the driver. Jillian Cain got out and she tried to pull him away from the driver. He turned round and punched her in the face.

"April Black got out to help and she was punched in the face. He punched Miss Cain again and struck her in the eye, resulting in her falling to the ground. At that point the accused made off."

'Unpleasant incident'

Defending solicitor David Holmes said: "He had been in the company of a friend for the day. He hadn't expected to be in their company for that length of time and had taken alcohol to excess and beyond.

"He has little recollection of this incident at all. He shouldn't have struck anybody. These ladies intervened and he hit them but he was in such a condition he didn't really know what he was doing."

McKenzie, from Perth, admitted assaulting Jillian Cain by repeatedly punching her on the head and body to her injury.

He also admitted attacking and injuring April Black by punching her head on 7 April 2013.

He said: "I deeply apologise for it. I wasn't in control of myself at the time."

Sheriff Derek O'Carroll's said: "This was a very unpleasant incident indeed."

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