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Fighting Buddhists

Buddhists in court after coming to blows over tea at weekend retreat
21 September 2015 16:22 BST
A pair of Buddhists ended up in court after falling out over a cup of tea and coming to blows at a weekend retreat for fellow worshippers.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the two men from Glasgow joined other Buddhists to travel from the central belt for a religious gathering near Nairn.

Robert Jenner, 50, and Raymond Storey, 47, made the journey north with others in May but the court was told that there was animosity between the pair before they arrived at Andrew Newlands’ home at Hazelwood, Laikenbuie.

After tensions escalated into violence, Mr Jenner was accused of assaulting Mr Storey by punching him in the face but denied the charge, saying he had acted in self-defence.

Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood heard the case in full but found the charge not proven.

The court heard that after the initial journey together the acrimony continued on the morning of May 9 while Mr Jenner was in the kitchen making a cup of tea and Mr Storey walked in.

Mr Storey told Sheriff Fleetwood: “He poured boiling water into his cup but not mine. I swore at him and called him ignorant. I grabbed his cup and poured the water into mine, spilling some of it.

“I didn’t see him again until later that night when he came up to me wanting to talk about the incident. I was calm by that time although I must have still been upset.

“I was having another cup of tea and a smoke of my e-cigarette and didn’t want to talk to him. I did not swear at him and moved back towards the building.

“I showed no aggression towards him at all. It was then that he assaulted me. He punched me several times on the head.

“I had swelling on my face and my lip was burst. It later required stitches. I hit him over the head with my cup and asked him, ‘Is this how you practice the dharma?’ (dharma is a doctrine of universal truth practised by Buddhists).

“Then he said that I had attacked him. I showed no aggression towards him whatsoever.”

The court heard Mr Storey later told police: “It must have been ego-driven insecurity. I am a bit intellectual and Robert is dyslexic. I have always felt he had a bit of an issue towards me.”

But Mr Storey later admitted to defence lawyer Raymond McIlwham that he had threatened to “kill” Mr Jenner as a friend’s car passed his alleged attacker on the way to hospital for treatment.

He added: “I was still very very angry at this point.”

Mr Jenner, of Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, denied assaulting Mr Storey, lodging a special defence of self-defence, claiming that he was first attacked with the teacup. He declined to give evidence on his own behalf.

No one else witnessed the alleged assault and sheriff Fleetwood said he had no option but to find the charge not proven.

He said: “How can I be sure I know what happened outside the house and that it was the accused who was the aggressor? The charge has to be not proven.”

After the case, Mr Storey said: “It is unusual to have a violent incident at a Buddhist retreat. I have been going to them for over 20 years seeking some peace and tranquillity but it didn’t work out that way on this occasion.”

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Christmas Eve 1974 (re-blogged)

Christmas Eve 1974

Murder in the Cathedral – well, getting duffed up on the steps of the kirk……..

I went to my first charge in June 1974 – a pleasantly quiet village where most of the excitement at Christmastide was going to look at the lights (green, amber, red, amber, green – hell , this was confusing – but exhilarating)

Anyhow, it was Christmas Eve and my first watch night service as a newly fledged meenister.

I got to the church just as the pub across the road was scaling out (whiff of the barmaid’s apron £1; sook of the spittoon £1.25; half-pint of dregs only £1.30. – I made that up)

Mind you, a few weeks before draped from the window of one of the flats above was a bed sheet with the message: “Happy 27th birthday, Granny”

OK – to our tale of woe: some of the punters from that pub decided that it would be a good idea to rough up our church officer who had asthma.

I managed to get those youths out of the building, but they started to smash up some of the diamond-shaped stained-glass windows.

So this daft wee meenister followed them outside to remonstrate; they then got stuck into me  and hit on the head with an object (at that point, unknown)

The Polis arrived very quickly, and, even though they knew who the miscreants were, were annoyed when I wouldn’t make a statement.

Our Session Clerk, the saintly Dr Tom Burnett (RIP) arrived at the same time as my heavily pregnant wife. Gossip started about a Christmas baby – Matthew was actually born at the beginning of February – but he was actually putting stitches in my head (without anesthetic!)

Then right on time, I stood in the pulpit and preached about peace and goodwill toward all men.

The next day – Christmas morning – I had a 10.30 service – and, before we stated, Davie the Beadle, went to the church safe, and dialed in the code (6-6-6) opened the door  and produced a dented can of Tennant’s lager (for my older friends, these were the heavier metal tins with the ‘Lovelies’ depicted thereon) – the one that had caused me to have three stitches put in my head.

I later enjoyed that can of beer – because it was ………….. Thirst after righteousness – boom boom!

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Good Samaritan bus driver goes beyond call of duty (from the Edinburgh Evening News, 12,9, 2013)

    Neil Reid has helped injured, distressed and disorientated members of the public while on duty. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Neil Reid has helped injured, distressed and disorientated members of the public while on duty. Picture: Ian Rutherford

  • by David O’Leary

Published on the 12 September 2013 12:00    

BY night he’s a mild mannered dad of three but by day he’s a hero bus driver, ready to leap from his cab to help the injured and distressed. And his services are in high demand.

Good Samaritan, Neil Reid, 38, from  Gilmerton, has swung into action an incredible five times in the space of just ten months, leaving his bus mid-journey to deal with a variety of dramas.

The Lothian Buses driver has given aid to both the victim of a pub brawl and a traffic accident, was the first on the scene of an attempted suicide, helped a disorientated woman back to her home and most recently helped find a missing man before he had even been reported missing.

Depot bosses believe “super Neil” should be singled out for some sort of award, but the worker insists he’s just doing his job. He said: “I don’t think of what I did in any of these situations to be special, it’s my job to look after my passengers and members of the public.”

Neil’s sixth sense for city residents in need first kicked in on Leith Walk last November, when he saw a man assaulted outside a bar.

He immediately stopped his bus, rounded up two first aiders from his passengers and jumped out to tend the bloodied man ahead of the arrival of paramedics.

Just months later in January, he was on hand again to help a passenger who was knocked down by a taxi while crossing Waverley Bridge. Neil wrapped the young girl, who had suffered a broken leg, in his jacket and called for an ambulance.

In June he witnessed an incident which will “live with him the rest of his days”  after he spotted a man falling backwards over the Dean Bridge.

Neil jumped from his bus and using only the light from his mobile raced to find him in dense undergrowth 30 feet below. He soon found the man “unconscious, but breathing hard” and with severe injuries to his face.

Again in June, he helped a disorientated woman who boarded his bus and phoned his depot to arrange for a 
colleague to bring her home.

And on Wednesday last week, he noted an elderly passenger in Colinton who seemed “out of sorts”. Alarmed by the man’s agitated state, he phoned his controller and asked for the police to be informed. Minutes later he was told the man’s distressed wife had just filed a missing persons report to try and find the gentleman.

The modest hero said: “I’d like to think if one of my daughters was hurt or in distress that somebody would stop and help. Every day bus drivers help out in similar situations, it’s just that all of mine have been clumped together over the last ten months.”

Ian Craig, CEO of Lothian Buses, hailed the hard-working driver. He said: “I’m continually delighted when I hear stories about drivers going above and beyond the call of duty to help out members of the public. However, what Neil has done over the past year is truly exceptional. We’re very proud to call him a Lothian Buses employee.”

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