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Dundee bar worker 'walked round' injured customer

Brian Borland Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption The court was told Brian Borland "snapped" after he was wound up about his ex-wife

A sheriff has called for a pub to be closed after seeing CCTV of bar staff ignoring a man who had been attacked and left seriously hurt on the floor.

Brian Borland repeatedly punched his former brother-in-law Thomas Montgomery during a night out in the Windsor Bar in Dundee's Albert Road.

Sheriff George Way said it was "remarkable" no one tried to help Mr Montgomery after the attack.

Borland, 52, admitted the "vicious" assault. He will be sentenced later.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard he had snapped after Mr Montgomery had wound him up about his ex-wife while he was at the pub in October 2015.

The CCTV footage showed Borland suddenly stand up and rip off his jacket before launching the attack.

He first punched Mr Montgomery to the ground before turning his attention on his drinking companion, punching him to the floor as well.

As Mr Montgomery lay stunned and barely moving on the floor, Borland returned to land repeated punches on his head before stamping on it.

The video then shows Borland leave the bar, leaving both men flat on their backs.

Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court that staff at the pub did not call police or an ambulance.

The CCTV footage shows a barmaid walking round Mr Montgomery as he lay prone on the floor without giving any assistance.

Miss Gillespie said: "The complainers then leave the bar and get into a taxi.

"The driver is so concerned by their presentation that he contacts police and an ambulance."

'Constant sniping'

Mr Montgomery was treated in hospital for three facial fractures and "continues to suffer" as a result of the attack, Ms Gillespie told the court.

Borland, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of assault to severe injury.

Paul Parker Smith, defending, said the attack happened on Borland's birthday and he had been in "good humour".

"Mr Montgomery is not someone he would wish to be in the company of. He engaged Mr Borland in conversation and that resulted in Mr Montgomery saying something that was a form of threat.

"The constant sniping over a period of time resulted in him just completely losing his temper."

Sheriff George Way deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and remanded Borland in custody.

He said: "With an outburst of this nature, and having seen the severity of it, without any question there will be a custodial sentence here."

He added: "This place should be closed down - it seems remarkable no one comes to his aid."

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