Vic­tim stabbed, vi­o­lated then locked in cup­board

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Court reporter

A con­victed drug dealer has been jailed for three years af­ter he in­de­cently as­saulted a man and locked him in a cup­board.

Stephen Fullar­ton, who once stood trial for mur­der, filmed the vic­tim’s “hu­mil­i­a­tion”, Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court was told.

Dad-of-three Fullar­ton (36), a prisoner, ad­mit­ted the as­sault and ab­duc­tion charge.

In 2009 Fullar­ton was cleared of stab­bing and mur­der­ing a man in Blan­tyre, but the fol­low­ing year he was jailed for six years and four months at the Court for drug deal­ing. In the lat­est case, he stabbed his 39-year-old vic­tim on the wrist with a knife at Fullar­ton’s home in Bal­four Wynd, Larkhall, on Fe­bru­ary 3 this year.

The man, also a con­victed crim­i­nal, was forced to strip be­fore be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted. This was filmed on a phone and the footage was shown in court.

The vic­tim was then locked in a cup­board where he re­mained for sev­eral hours be­fore even­tu­ally forc­ing his way out.

Fullar­ton’s lawyer, so­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate Alan Grav­elle, ad­mit­ted the vic­tim had en­dured a “hu­mil­i­at­ing and dis­tress­ing” ordeal.

Fullar­ton had been at­tacked in Jan­uary this year and was given

in­for­ma­tion that the man had been in­volved.

Mr Grav­elle ex­plained: “My client was at­tacked by a group of males. He had mul­ti­ple stab wounds to his face, hands, lower back and shoul­der.

“This is con­firmed in doc­u­ments ob­tained from the hos­pi­tal.

“On the date of the as­sault and ab­duc­tion, he re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the vic­tim had stolen money from him and pro­vided keys to his at­tack­ers.

“What my client did next goes be­yond a rea­son­able re­sponse. He does not jus­tify his ac­tions and re­grets his be­hav­iour.

“He also re­grets in­volv­ing him­self with this man who, like my client, has a High Court con­vic­tion.”

The lawyer ac­knowl­edged that on top of the drug deal­ing case, Fullar­ton has three con­vic­tions for car­ry­ing a blade.

He added: “Af­ter be­ing re­leased on pa­role from the drugs sen­tence, there was a con­sid­er­able pe­riod when he did not of­fend.”

Sher­iff Thomas Mil­lar said the vic­tim’s ordeal had been “pro­longed and very dis­tress­ing”.

He told Fullar­ton: “It is only be­cause of your lack of record for vi­o­lent of­fend­ing that I can re­strict the penalty.”

The three-year sen­tence was back­dated to Fe­bru­ary 19 to re­flect the time Fullar­ton has al­ready spent in cus­tody. Due to the na­ture of the as­sault, he has also been put on the sex of­fend­ers’ regis­ter.

In 2009, Fullar­ton stood trial for the mur­der of Blan­tyre drug dealer Brian Mcqueen who died in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing stabbed 11 times.

His DNA was found on a dag­ger stained with the dead man’s blood, but the jury at the High Court in Kil­marnock re­turned a not proven ver­dict.

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