Attacker jailed for two years
Victim’s skull damaged
An attacker whose single punch led to “devastating” injuries for the victim has been jailed for two years.
Dad-of-two Peter Christie can remember nothing about a celebratory night out which ended with him being rushed to hospital with a brain injury.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that the 46-year-old manufacturing and business manager banged his head when he fell to the ground after one punch from Steven Brown outside a house in Merry Street, Motherwell, in July last year.
It caused damage perforated eardrum.
Mr Christie, who was in hospital for three weeks, added: “I’m now a completely different person. I don’t socialise with anyone.
“I was reasonably fit and went to the gym, but that has all stopped. I struggle to hear and I’m on anti-depressants.”
Brown (37), of Wood Crescent, Motherwell, denied assault to severe injury, permanent impairment and the danger of his life, but the jury returned a majority guilty verdict.
The court heard trouble flared in the street outside the home of Mr Christie’s mother-inlaw who had been having a birthday party.
Brown, co-accused Fraser Moss and others turned up at the house.
Moss (39), of Jerviston Street, Motherwell, was looking for his sister-in-law.
He was found guilty of assaulting another to his skull and a partygoer, Christopher Nicholson, who was punched and kicked repeatedly on the head while on the ground.
Elspeth Forrest, defending Brown, pointed out that the dad-of-one has only a single previous conviction.
She told the court: “He does not have a propensity for violence. This was not a sustained attack. He reacted to an incident and his violence was minimal, but it’s had tragic consequences for both him and the victim.
“He’s a family man with a quiet demeanour who works fairly hard and there are alternatives to custody discussed in the social work report.”
Diarmid Bruce, representing Moss, said his client is serving an 18-month sentence for a drugs offence and was due for release on October 23.
He argued that the father-of-seven could be spared jail, pointing out that his two previous convictions for assault were back in 2006.
However, Sheriff Thomas Millar said prison was “inevitable” for both men.
He told Brown: “This was a forceful punch which had devastating, life-changing consequences and the jury rejected your claims of self-defence and provocation.”
Sentencing Moss, the sheriff said: “The jury made did not accept your version of events that the Crown witnesses were the aggressors. These people were simply enjoying a party then you arrived.”
Moss was jailed for a year, to start when his current stretch ends.
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