BB gun at­tack filmed

Teen vic­tim had surgery

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

Two teenage boys have ad­mit­ted be­ing in­volved in a vi­cious at­tack on a young man which was filmed and shared on so­cial me­dia.

A 17-year-old St Leonards boy, who can­not legally be named, pled guilty to se­verely in­jur­ing the vic­tim by blast­ing him in the stom­ach with what cops de­scribed as a “po­ten­tially lethal” BB gun.

He also ad­mit­ted beat­ing him up and as­sault­ing an­other man by strik­ing him on the hand with a ma­chete at Loch Meadie in East Kil­bride on June 18.

Co-ac­cused Niko­las Matthew, 18, of Flem­ing Place, ad­mit­ted kick­ing the vic­tim in a back lane at the town’s Glen More on Fe­bru­ary 17.

Fis­cal de­pute Vish Kathuria told Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court on Fri­day that the vic­tim, who was 15 at the time, had left school at lunchtime and headed to­wards the lane in St Leonards known as ‘Midge Al­ley’ to meet an ac­quain­tance.

Mr Kathuria said that, when the vic­tim ar­rived, he was at­tacked by a group of three males and re­called how the boys were wear­ing hoods and dark cloth­ing and one said ‘grab him’.

He was taken to the ground and as­saulted.

The court heard the vic­tim re­called how the 17-year-old ac­cused walked to­wards him with a BB style air­gun.

“He shot the com­plainer in the stom­ach area be­fore he and two oth­ers be­gan to kick and punch him whilst he was on the ground,” Mr Kathuria added.

Two other young men filmed the at­tack, one of whom was co-ac­cused Matthew.

The at­tack went on for a short time with the vic­tim suf­fer­ing blows to the head and body un­til Matthew said: ‘That’s enough’.

Two videos of the at­tack, one of which was taken by Matthew on his mo­bile phone, were shown in court. The vic­tim was kept in Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Hairmyres overnight where he was given surgery for a bro­ken left el­bow.

Metal pins were in­serted to cor­rect the in­jury. Mr Kathuria added: “He was left with some sen­sory loss around his hand.”

Footage of the at­tack was “widely cir­cu­lated” and when the vic­tim’s mother found out, the at­tack­ers were un­masked.

Texts re­cov­ered from the 17-year-old to the vic­tim read: “You’re lucky we even left you. You looked as if you were gonnae die”. There was also a ref­er­ence to get­ting “tooled up”.

Sher­iff Dou­glas Brown de­ferred sen­tence un­til May 30 for re­ports. Both the 17-year-old and Matthew were bailed.

You looked as if you were gonnae die...

Guilty pleas The at­tack­ers ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court

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