Student fined for struggling with police

A STUDENT was fined after struggling violently with police and paramedics, then staff at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after being thrown out of a city centre casino.

Neil Anderson, 24, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday to charges of "assaulting, obstructing or hindering" emergency workers on 2 November.

The Napier University student was ejected from the casino in York Place at around 2.30am. Depute fiscal Neil Allan told the court that an ambulance had been called after reports that Anderson was having breathing difficulties.

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The court heard that Anderson, of Bruntsfield Place, struggled violently with paramedics Stephen Allan and Robin Jeffrey, who arrived to treat him.

When two police constables arrived at the scene Anderson started struggling with them. Anderson was taken to the ERI where he resited the attempts of registrar Douglas Murray to treat him.

Anderson's solicitor told the court that her client had been assaulted by a doorman at the casino.

Sheriff Neil McKinnon fined Anderson 360.