THE trial of a football supporter accused of smashing a stadium chair and throwing it towards the field of play was postponed today after a court heard a “crucial witness” was not present.
Fraser White, 19, is accused of culpable and reckless conduct at Falkirk’s Westfield Stadium when the team were playing Livingston FC in a Scottish Champinship match on March 8 earlier this year, which was drawn 1-1.
White, of St Enoch’s Crescent Livingston, West Lothian, is said to have been acting with another, whose identity is not known, when he allegedly kicked the chair, causing it to break, before throwing the broken chair through the crowd and towards the field of play, risking injury to other members of the public.
At Falkirk Sheriff Court today, White, who was banned from Falkirk Football Stadium at an earlier hearing, maintained his plea of not guilty and fiscal depute, Graham McLachlan, proposed a motion for the summary trial to be adjourned, saying one out of two “crucial” civilian witnesses was not present.
White’s defence agent said: “Mr White was expecting this matter to be resolved today.
“He is due to start a course at Glasgow Caledonian University next month.”
Sheriff David Hall adjourned the trial until September 25 to allow the witness to be in attendance.