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19-Jan-17, 20:47
Nightclub footage ended up on web

A DRUNK man's actions in filming a couple having sex in a busy north nightclub and then posting the footage on a social media site, was described by a sheriff as "beyond belief".
Sheriff Berry ordered Scott Bell to carry out 130 hours of unpaid work in the community but told him he had had narrowly escaped a prison sentence.
Bell, 22, recorded the pair on his mobile phone having sex at Skinandi's night club in Thurso, in the early hours of July 22, last year.
Fiscal Fraser Matheson stressed that there was no 'sinister' undercurrent to the incident which he described as "a daft, drunken prank".
The police became involved, after a relative of one of the pair engaged in sex, complained to the police after seeing the offending footage on Facebook. Bell, of 35 Upper Burnside Drive, Thurso, subsequently made an effort to delete the clip from the site.
Solicitor Fiona MacDonald told the court, yesterday, that Bell, was someone of good character who appreciated the "seriousness and foolishness" of his actions and had displayed genuine remorse, not only for himself, but for the couple he had filmed.
She added:" He is a young chap who has never appeared in this court and may never again."
Bell admitted a breach of the peace by posting the sex episode on Facebook but a plea of not guilty to filming it, was accepted by the fiscal. Despite that, however, the sheriff, asked at an earlier hearing, who had recorded the footage, was told by Miss MacDonald it had been the accused. The sheriff also referred to that while sentencing Bell.
Sheriff Berry told the garage worker: "Words almost fail me." He said was "beyond belief" that not only had the accused contemplated such "extraordinary" conduct, but had had the opportunity while drunk to film what was taking place.
The sheriff went on: "Again, it is beyond belief that you then decided to post the episode on Facebook for the entertainment of others which is incredible."
Sheriff Berry continued: "I get the impression that you are fully aware of the seriousness of this matter and I rather think that what I have had to say, is a small percentage of what would have been said to you by your family. Am I right?"
Bell replied: "Yes".
The sheriff: "That is good, because that will contribute to the likelihood that you will not be in any further trouble."
However Sheriff Berry, who saw a background report yesterday, added: "I had seriously considered a custodial sentence... be in no doubt about that. Had I been in a position to deal with the case at the initial hearing, you might well have been facing a prison sentence. That was my immediate reaction to this."