Edinburgh student fined after throwing sandbag off George IV Bridge

The sandbag was thrown on to Merchant Street. Picture: Creative Commons
The sandbag was thrown on to Merchant Street. Picture: Creative Commons
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AN Edinburgh University hurled a sandbag weighing 15 kilos over George IV Bridge into the street below.

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It's a 15ft drop off the bridge on to Merchant Street. Picture: Creative Commons

It's a 15ft drop off the bridge on to Merchant Street. Picture: Creative Commons

Harvey Stocks, 20, was fined £750 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday and told his action had been one of “crass stupidity”.

Fiscal Depute Brian Robertson told Sheriff Kenneth McGowan that the incident occurred at 3.25am on March 13 and had been captured on CCTV.

Stocks, from Darlington, County Durham, pleaded guilty to throwing the sandbag into Merchant Street to the potential danger of pedestrians.

Defence solicitor Nigel Bruce said his client was about to start his third year studying computer science and had accepted that he had acted in a reckless manner

Sentencing Stocks, Sheriff McGowan said: “I know this area. There a number of doorways and someone could just have walked out and you could have killed them.

“That would have been a tragedy for that person and for you. It was reckless and crass stupidity. You had a lucky escape.”

Stocks was allowed to pay the fine at £30 a month.

• An earlier version of this article was published with two images of the George IV Bridge above the Cowgate. The Evening News would like to apologise for the error.