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Violent Scots wedding rammy leaves bride and groom behind bars after brawl

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A blushing bride, her husband and best man spent their wedding night in a jail cell after a rammy broke out.

Bride Claire Goodbrand’s reception celebration descended into a violent fight after she attacked and injured her mum Cherry-Ann Lindsay, a court heard.

The 26-year-old’s new husband Eamonn Goodbrand and his brother Kieran, their best man, both weighed in, viciously assaulting wedding guest David Boyd and leaving him severely injured.

The best man then attacked another guest, injuring him as well.

Claire pled guilty on indictment to assault to injury

After police arrived to break up the fight, the main players in the wedding party were all arrested and remanded in custody.

The bride and the groom spent their wedding night in separate cells before appearing shamefaced in court the following Monday.

When they were finally released from custody Claire was wearing what appeared to be her going-away outfit while the groom and best man were dressed in prison-issue Primark tracksuits, still wearing their mud-stained wedding shoes.

Professional fighter Eamonn, 33, who was sporting a head injury when he was freed, gave an address in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, as did his 26-year-old wife and his 28-year-old brother.

CCTV footage which reportedly captured the fight spilling out of the wedding venue onto the lawn outside, persuaded the trio’s legal team to negotiate guilty pleas to a reduced number of charges at Livingston Sheriff Court.

Claire Goodbrand, more red-faced with embarrassment than a blushing bride, pled guilty on indictment to assault to injury but not guilty to a more serious assault to severe injury.

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She admitted repeatedly seizing her mother by the hair and punching and kicking her on the head and body, causing her to fall to the ground and strike her head at The Vue wedding venue at Ballencrieff Toll in West Lothian’s Bathgate Hills.

She also admitted punching and kicking her mum Cherry-Ann to the head and body whilst she was on the ground, striking her on the head with a shoe and seizing her by the neck and restricting her breathing.

Eamonn and Kieran both pled guilty to repeatedly punching and kicking David Boyd on the head and body while acting together. The charge states that they caused him to fall to the ground and continued their violent attack as he lay there.

They admitted pushing their thumbs into Mr Boyd’s eyes, biting him on the head and body and repeatedly seizing him by the neck and restricting his breathing, all to his severe injury.

Pic shows KieranGoodbrand1.jpg Pics of the bride, groom (with plaster) and best man to go with wedding rammy court case. Blushing bride Claire Goodbrands wedding was certainly a day to remember but for all the wrong reasons. Her reception celebration descended into an embarrassing pitched battle after she attacked and injured her mum Cherry-Ann Lindsay, a court heard. Her new husband Eamonn Goodbrand and his brother Kieran, their best man, both weighed in, viciously assaulting wedding guest David Boyd and leaving him severely injured. The best man then attacked another guest, injuring him as well. After police arrived to break up the fight, the main players in the wedding party were all arrested and remanded in custody. The bride and the groom spent their wedding night in separate cells before appearing shamefaced in court the following Monday. When they were finally released from custody Claire was wearing what appeared to be her going-away outfit while the groom and best man were dressed in prison-issue Primark tracksuits, still wearing their mud-stained wedding shoes. Credit: Vic Rodrick

In addition, Kieran Goodbrand admitted assaulting Garry Brown by punching and kicking him on the head and body to his injury at the reception on 24 June 2019.

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A fourth member of the family, 37-year-old Brendan Goodbrand, had his not guilty pleas to two assault charges accepted by the Crown after his alibi that he had left the venue before trouble broke out turned out to be true.

Following the admissions of guilt, prosecutor Alan Wickham formally moved for sentence and tendered a list of previous convictions for both men. Claire Goodbrand does not have a criminal record.

Sheriff Martin Edington called for criminal justice social work reports on all three accused before passing sentence.

He adjourned the case until 29 April for information on possible disposals, including social work supervision, unpaid hours of work and restriction of liberty by electronic curfew.

Eamonn Goodbrand’s Facebook page reveals that he works as a professional fighter, boxing competitively as a light middleweight.

It was reported after the wedding reception that one of the alleged victims lost part of a finger during the attack.

The prosecution will narrate the full circumstances when the case calls for sentence.

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