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Scotland fan who jumped naked from hotel window during cocaine binge ordered to pay £15k in damages

A Tartan Army fan who trashed a hotel room while high on cocaine following Scotland's Euro 2020 clash with England in June has been ordered to pay nearly £15,000 in damages. 

Ross James Ferris, 27, from Fife, ripped a TV bracket and trouser press off the wall of his room at the four-star Corus Hotel near Hyde Park, London, before smashing mirrors and covering much of the bathroom in his own blood.

Southwark Crown Court heard how the electrician then ripped a window frame out of the wall and jumped onto a conservatory roof naked before scaling down to the street, where he was tackled and handcuffed by a group of officers.

On top of covering the £14,635 worth of damages, the young father was also handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years and must complete 150 hours of unpaid work.  

Ross James Ferris, 27, from Fife, ripped a TV bracket and trouser press off the wall of his room at the four-star Corus Hotel near Hyde Park, London, before smashing mirrors and covering much of the bathroom in his own blood

The court heard how Ferris spat at two police officers as they tried to restrain him.

The young father, who had entered a cocaine-induced psychotic episode, was rushed to hospital due to the severe injuries to his hand caused by the handcuffs. 

Ferris had previously bitten a female police officer on the arm during a drug-fuelled assault in November 2019.

His hotel rampage came shortly after England and Scotland drew 0-0 at Wembley during the group stages of Euro 2020.

Prosecutor James Marsland said: 'During interview, he apologised and described himself as mortified.'

Ferris has since become teetotal and refrained from taking cocaine, the court heard.

One police officer was injured during the incident, and cocaine was discovered in Ferris's room

Judge Alexander Milne, QC, said: 'It was a shameful and horrendous period of activity which must have been deeply upsetting for those who had to deal with you, those who had to clean up the room, and for those officers who had to struggle with you.

'The damage to the room was horrendous, the behaviour was horrendous,

'In the circumstances, I am persuaded that you should not go to prison today, I am going to order the costs of repair should be repaid by you over six months.

'You are somebody who is quite capable of getting your life into shape.

'I trust the court will not see you back again.' 

Roger Sahota, for Ferris, said: 'He has emailed the hotel and he has offered to make restitution for the damage.

'His remorse is genuinely heartfelt.'

Ferris's partner and parents sobbed from the public gallery as the sentence was read out, then embraced him as he left the dock.

Ferris had admitted criminal damage, possession of cocaine, and three counts of assault of an emergency worker.

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