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Verdict in gay porn barman attack case

Man admits to bottling drink server over the head after he was shown gay pornography in Scotland hotel
The Railway Hotel in Tain was the scene of a row over gay porn which ended in violence.

A man has narrowly avoided jail after attacking a barman in a gay porn row.

Hugh McCullough, 47, was staying at a Scotland hotel and went to the drink server’s room after closing time, Tain Sheriff Court was told.

Local paper North Star News reported that Depute Fiscal Roderick Urquhart said the barman told McCullough he was openly gay and had invited him back to the Railway Hotel where drinking took place.

The court heard how McCullough went to the bathroom and when he came out there was an argument regarding gay pornography on an iPad and who had been using it at the time.

Urquhart said it ended with McCullough striking the barman on the head with a bottle and calling him ‘a dirty poof’.

When he was later traced by police, he said: ‘I will admit I hit him with a bottle. He was showing me gay porn.’

His solicitor, Neil Wilson, said: ‘Put simply he was subject to unexpected and unwelcome sexual advances by the complainer in this case. He acknowledges what he did was wrong.’

Wilson also added McCullough did not seek help when he was discharged from the army and returned badly injured.

‘He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress,’ Wilson said. ‘He plainly needs help. He has had custodial punishment in the past and has spent three weeks in the cells on this offence.’

McCullough was ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service.

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