A 40-YEAR-OLD man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at a pub in Melrose has been fined £400 and placed on the sex offenders register for five years.

Selkirk Sheriff Court heard Alexander Pringle – who gave an address near Galashiels – placed his hands on her breasts at The Ship Inn on New Year’s Day.

In addition to the fine, he was ordered to pay his victim £100 in compensation.

A general £20 victim surcharge was also imposed.