Fine for drunk trainee solicitor who spat at bouncer

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Pleaded guilty to acting in an aggressive manner

A trainee solicitor has been fined and reprimanded by a judge after she admitted to spitting at a bouncer during a drunken tirade.

Twenty-nine-year-old Scottish rookie Carly MacDonough was at a bar in Glasgow last July when door staff ejected one of her friends, Gavin Savage. Unhappy, the Evening Times reports that Savage called security staff “fat b******s” before “raging” MacDonough “spat towards one of them”.

The pair, who had earlier in the day attended a music festival in the city, attempted to book a cab home as bar staff called the police. They were arrested but were “initially too drunk to be charged”, according to the report.

Savage claimed he was having “banter” with a fellow customer before a disagreement broke out.

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The duo, both from Cumbernauld, were each fined £350 after they admitted to acting in an aggressive manner — a fine reduced from £400 on account of their guilty pleas.

Solicitor advocate Simon Whyte, defending MacDonough, reportedly told Glasgow Sheriff Court:

“She [MacDonough] knows this is a threat to her career prospects. She is a trainee solicitor and has been part of the same firm in different capacities for the past 10 years.”

Criticising the pair’s behaviour, Sheriff Gerard Bonnar told them: “This kind of behaviour in the city centre gives an appalling impression of the city and both of you should be ashamed.”

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