A PUB-GOER who placed his hand on a woman’s waist without her consent has been fined.

John Reid, 26, of Prestonpans, also assaulted a police officer by kicking and pushing him during a separate incident the following month.

Fiscal depute Debbie King told Edinburgh Sheriff Court the woman was at the David MacBeth Moir public house with friends when Reid and his group sat at a table next to them at about 7pm on August 2, 2020.

Ms King said the two groups struck up a conversation in the Wetherspoons pub but the woman “felt uncomfortable” with the interaction and excused herself to go to the toilet.

When she came out she headed to the bar area where Reid then “approached her and tried to speak to her and put his hand on her back”.

The court was then told the police had been called in by the woman on a matter that was no longer before the court and Reid was spoken to but not arrested at the time.

The following month, police officers were asked to attend at the town’s Moir Avenue following reports of a male “jumping from a balcony”.

Police spotted Reid in the street and, after a short pursuit, the officers found him “hiding” nearby on September 18, 2020.

He was being placed in the police vehicle when he lashed out and assaulted PC Robert Stewart by kicking him on the body and pushing him on the head and body.

And when he was arrested Reid, of Moodie Wynd, told one officer: “You are a lying jobsworth ****.”

Lawyer Mary Moultrie told the court her client was a labourer and bricklayer and there had been no injury sustained by the officer during the incident at Moir Avenue. Ms Moultrie said Reid had struck out at the officer while “protesting his innocence” over the initial matter of being accused of being the man seen jumping from a flat balcony.

Sheriff Kenneth Maciver acknowledged it had been “over two years since the offences took place” and decided to issue fines for both incidents.

Reid was fined £300 for the offence committed in the public house and ordered him to pay a further fine of £440 to mark the offence involving the police officer.

Reid pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and conducting himself in a disorderly manner by placing his hand around a woman’s waist without consent at the David MacBeth Moir pub in Musselburgh on August 2, 2020.

He also admitted to assaulting a police officer by kicking him on the body and pushing him on the head and body at Moir Avenue, Musselburgh, on September 18, 2020.