Nightclub fight thug branded a ‘man of violence’

West Lothian Civic Centre

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A thug who battled with door stewards outside a West Lothian nightclub has been branded a “man of violence” by a sheriff.

William Campbell, who has three pages of previous convictions, was warned that he was lucky to escape being sent to prison.

Campbell, 26, was appearing for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court today.

He earlier pled guilty to assault and breach of the peace following an incident at Club Earth in Livingston in August last year.

Campbell, of Alderstone Place, Livingston admitted repeatedly pushing Club Earth door steward Robert Kirwan causing him to fall on the ground and strike his head.

He also admitted acting in an aggressive manner, struggling with staff and challenging them to fight outside the Livingston nightspot.

Prosecutor Stuart Houston said Mr Kirwan intervened after he saw a disturbance between the accused and another man who had assaulted a cousin of Campbell’s partner.

A second disturbance took place when Campbell was refused re-entry to the club.

The court was told that a chronic drink problem was to blame for his violent offending.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Martin Edington told Campbell: “It’s apparent from these charges, but much more so from your schedule, that you are a man of violence.

“With these previous convictions if you appear on the type of charges you appear on today you’re always in danger of going to prison.

“Given the background and the lack of injury I think there’s the possibility of a non custodial disposal.”

Campbell was put under social work supervision for a year under a community payback order to monitor his alcohol misuse and lack of self-control.

He was also fined GBP675 to be paid by weekly instalments of GBP25.

The sheriff warned him: “If you fail to comply or don’t pay the fine you could very well find yourself going to prison.”