Pair avoid prison after dropping sofa from building on to woman

Two men in Scotland were fined a total of £ 15,000 after throwing a sofa off a building on a woman.

Barrie Law, 27, and Lee Morrison, 33, were before the Aberdeen Sheriff Court Monday after previously admitting sole charges of culpable and reckless conduct.

In the December 7, 2019 incident, the two attempted to remove a sofa from Law’s apartment in Aberdeen and to drop it from the roof of the Nailco Nail Bar.

The court was told that this method was chosen because they could not find any other way to maneuver her out of the property.

It was heard that they checked to see if anyone was in the area below before dropping it from a height of five meters.

However, the furniture caught the eye of Edita Butkeveiciute, who was outside at the time.

Treasurer Colin Neilson said, “She didn’t know what happened, she woke up screaming.”

The indictment states that the impact caused her “severe injuries, permanent disfigurement and impairment”.

It has been heard that she still cannot sit for more than 40 minutes, has panic attacks near tall buildings, flashbacks, and difficulty sleeping.

George Mathers, who represented Law, said the incident will “haunt” his client for the rest of his life and he deeply regrets his behavior.

He said, “When they saw the woman, he got the absolute shock of his life.

“He thought she was dead, he was shaken to the core.

“He feels so guilty about what he’s done.”

Mr. Mathers added, “This will haunt him for the rest of his life.”

Debbie Ginniver, who represents Morrison, said: “Mr Morrison certainly did not intend for anyone to be injured, but the applicant suffered very serious injuries for his actions and feels terrible for them.

“It was a catastrophic error of assessment by Mr. Morrison.

“If Mr Morrison could return by December 7, 2019, he wouldn’t be making the same mistake.”

Sheriff William Summers said, “She was in the hospital for a few weeks and is still recovering.

“Your injuries are life changing.”

He added, “If the two of you had just dropped that sofa without taking any precautions, custody would be inevitable.

“But I accept that you took precautionary measures, even if they were completely inadequate.”

He added, “To put it simply, it’s hard to imagine doing anything more culpable and reckless than dropping a sofa off the roof.”

Law was sentenced to pay £ 12,000 in compensation and to do 150 hours of unpaid work over a 12 month period.

Morrison was asked to pay £ 3,000 and do 150 hours of unpaid labor over a 12 month period.

In a statement released after the conviction, Ms. Butkeveiciute said: “What happened damaged me and affected me for life, but I don’t want these men to be in jail.

“It was a stupid thing you did – you know it and you have to live with it.

“But other people in the community have attacked or isolated them, and that’s wrong, so I don’t want to do anything to make matters worse.

“I just want to focus on my recovery privately and get on with my life as best I can.”


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