Punter guilty of assaulting comedy club heckler

Taxi driver lost his eye and his job after assault at The Stand

A comedy club punter has been found guilty of assault after attacking a heckler.

Martin Reilly punched Robert Collins on the head, causing him to fall to the ground, during a gig at The Stand in Glasgow on Tuesday August 28,  2018.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how Collins, 46, suffered a fractured cheekbone, and eye socket and a rupture to his right eyeball, requiring him to be fitted with prosthetic eye, costing him his job as a taxi driver.

Collins, who was at the club to support a friend who was an open mic comic, admitted shouting at one of the stand-ups. He was taken to the foyer area, where he started arguing with  Reilly, a 36-year-old steel business owner, before the assault happened.

Reilly, who had denied the charge, was found guilty under provocation, Scottish media are reporting. He was remanded in custody until sentencing next month.

Published: 12 May 2021

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