Mum’s ham­mer at­tack

Only young son keeps her out of prison

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Court re­porter

A young Hamil­ton mum at­tacked a neigh­bour with a ham­mer after break­ing into his flat.

Ni­cola Lindsay was told last week that only the fact that she has a fouryear-old to look after had kept her out of prison.

Lindsay (29), now of Kin­tore Park, Hamil­ton, ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Dean Thom­son and his mother, Kirsteen, at their home in the town’s Flem­ing Way on December 20 last year.

A war­rant was is­sued for the ar­rest of her brother John Lindsay (31), of Wood­foot Road, Hamil­ton. He ad­mit­ted head­but­ting Mr Thom­son and re­sist­ing ar­rest, but failed to turn up for sen­tence at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court.

Neil Thom­son, prose­cut­ing, said Ni­cola Lindsay was liv­ing in a flat above the Thom­sons at the time of the at­tacks.

He stated: “About 9.45pm Dean Thom­son heard a noise out­side the flat and went to the com­mon close to in­ves­ti­gate.

“He saw John Lindsay stand­ing on the stairs. There was a brief ex­change then Lindsay head­but­ted Mr Thom­son who ran back to his flat and closed the door.

“He then heard the sound of the front door be­ing kicked. It gave way and Ni­cola Lindsay was seen to en­ter, car­ry­ing a small claw ham­mer.

“There was a strug­gle be­tween her and Kirsteen Thom­son. While bran­dish­ing the ham­mer above her head, Lindsay head­but­ted Mrs Thom­son, caus­ing her to fall.

“She then punched Dean Thom­son re­peat­edly on the head and body be­fore strik­ing him once on the side of the face with the ham­mer.”

The fis­cal said Dean Thom­son suf­fered a bro­ken tooth and bruises to his head and body. His mum had a bruised face.

De­fence agent Diarmid Bruce said there had ear­lier been a dis­agree­ment over wifi and Ni­cola Lindsay had been slapped.

He added: “She was drink­ing to ex­cess and her rec­ol­lec­tion of what hap­pened is not great.”

Sher­iff David Bicket or­dered Lindsay to pay Mr Thom­son £750 in com­pen­sa­tion and carry out 225 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity work.

She will also be su­per­vised for 18 months.

The sher­iff told her: “The only thing pre­vent­ing me from im­pos­ing cus­tody is you have a four-year-old son and I have to take ac­count of that.”

Court Hamil­ton Sher­iff

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