A pensioner believed to be the first person in Scotland to be taken to court accused of smoking in an enclosed public place has been cleared.
John Wraith maintained he did not smoke at the bar
John Wraith, 67, denied committing the offence at the Burnett Arms Hotel in Kemnay, Aberdeenshire.
Sheriff Graeme Buchanan found him not guilty of the smoking charge at Aberdeen Sheriff Court due to unreliable evidence.
Wraith previously admitted breach of the peace and assaulting a barmaid.
Wraith, of Kemnay, told the court he had not smoked at the bar in January 2007, and only learned of the accusations from police.
Sheriff Buchanan said the evidence of Eric Needham, who claimed to have seen Wraith with a lit cigarette, was "shifty, evasive and contradictory".
The incident happened at the Burnett Arms Hotel
He said it therefore could not be relied upon.
Sheriff Buchanan said: "Clearly, there is someone lying here, more than one probably.
"But the situation is, the one I was most unhappy with was Mr Needham."
Sentencing on Wraith on the other charges was deferred until 17 March.
Sheriff Buchanan described the incident as "wild west stuff" and called for background reports.
Wraith refused to comment outside court.