An offshore worker who launched a racially-aggravated attack on a bouncer who refused him entry to a nightclub has been fined.
Tysen Carthy, of Primrose Lane, Houghton, was stuck in Shetland after his helicopter flight to an oil rig was cancelled and decided to have a night out in Lerwick.
Lerwick Sheriff Court heard that the 29-year-old drank very heavily and was refused entry to Da Wheel Bar by the bouncer at around 1.30am on Sunday.
After been told he was too intoxicated to get in, Carthy responded by standing close to him and trying to threaten and intimidate the bouncer.
When the bouncer looked away momentarily, Carthy took the opportunity to assault him, repeatedly punching him on the head.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that in addition to “shouting and swearing the usual obscenities”, Carthy repeatedly racially abused the bouncer, who is a black man.
"It doesn’t need me to tell the court how offensive that is," the fiscal said.
The bouncer sustained a suspected broken nose during the incident.
Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had far too much to drink and had no recollection of what happened.
Carthy was "astounded by the summary of evidence" when it was read to him. He does not consider himself racist and was "disgusted" by the behaviour, which was out of keeping with "the way he was brought up", and he wanted to say sorry to the victim.
Honorary sheriff Erik Peterson told him: "This is a pretty disgraceful incident and not the sort of behaviour you’d expect to be tolerated here."
Carthy, who had been in custody for over two days since the incident took place, was fined a total of £740 and ordered to pay £250 in compensation to his victim.