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Moray businessman Ian 'Pedro' Taylor accused of takeaway assault in Buckie says that he acted in self-defence

By Alistair Whitfield

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A Moray businessman accused of assaulting a takeaway worker has changed his plea.

Ian Taylor originally admitted the offence when he did not have the benefit of legal representation.

Defence solicitor Iain Maltman stated at Elgin Sheriff Court today that the 62-year-old businessman had been acting in self-defence.

Ian 'Pedro' Taylor.
Ian 'Pedro' Taylor.

The alleged assault took place at S2 takeaway on West Church Street, Buckie, on the night of March 23.

The defendant, who lives in Lhanbryde, is accused of repeatedly attempting to punch the takeaway worker in the head.

He also now denies making threats to kill, or pouring cooking oil around the premises.

However, he does accept that he acted in a threatening manner and that he broke the counter worktop.

The case was adjourned until April.

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