A MUSSELBURGH man was thrown out of a pub after claiming he had been propositioned by a prostitute.

Eamonn Reynolds, 33, was drinking in The Buccleuch bar in Dalkeith on June 29 last year when he was ejected by staff who believed him to be “hassling” a group of women,

Reynolds became angry at being thrown out of the bar and, once outside, he lost his temper and shouted and swore at the establishment’s door stewards.

Reynolds, of Moir Place, also told the door staff he would assault them during his angry tirade.

The cleaning worker pleaded guilty to shouting, swearing, acting in an aggressive manner, and uttering threats of violence and abusive remarks during the incident when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

Fiscal Sarah Noon told the court that a member of the bar staff spotted Reynolds speaking to the group of women in the pub at about 11.55pm.

They believed him to be bothering the women and asked for a door steward to escort him out of the premises.

Once outside, Reynolds became aggressive towards the staff and, after the police were called, officers found him nearby about half an hour later.

Lawyer Cameron Tait claimed that his client had been “propositioned” by a woman who was “a prostitute” and that Reynolds had taken offence.

Mr Tait said that Reynolds should have decided to leave the premises but had become “upset about being propositioned by a sex worker”.

Sheriff Kenneth Campbell QC decided to mark the offence by ordering Reynolds to pay a £200 fine.