Battered with pole in street
An assault victim was left bleeding from the ear in the street after being viciously attacked with a pole.
The man was set upon as he made his way home after walking his dog.
He had confronted a group of youths and warned them about their language.
The 42-year-old was then approached on Northfield Road in Alexandria by Brian Stewart, who started hitting him with a painter’s pole he took from his van.
Stewart, of nearby Cables Drive, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week and admitted carrying out the attack, striking him on the head and body with the metal pole, seizing him by the body, struggling with him and pushing him into a hedge.
Fiscal depute Martina McGuigan told the court the victim was walking his dog around 5.20pm and“he became involved in an altercation with a group of youths who were located within the park”.
She said:“He spoke to children about the use of inappropriate language.
“Some of the children advised the victim they would be telling their fathers that he had told them off.
“At that point the victim left the park and walked back to his home address.
“As he was walking and was nearly at his home address he observed a white van on Northfield Road.
“It came to an abrupt halt and Stewart, who was driving the vehicle, then exited. He was with others at the time and approached the victim.
“The victim attempted to speak with Stewart but described Stewart as behaving aggressively, at which point he returned to the vehicle, opened the side door and took out a metal pole,
“He then assaulted the victim with the pole.
“He was hitting him on the chest area and then on the head, which caused a laceration to his left ear.
“Stewart and the victim took hold of each other.There was a short struggle and shortly thereafter Stewart pushed the victim into the hedge area.
“Stewart and others returned to the vehicle and drove away.”
Neighbours saw the incident and one of them went to check on the victim. He saw blood running down his ear. Police and paramedics attended.
Stewart’s lawyer said:“Mr Stewart doesn’t dispute acting in the manner libelled but does dispute what happened before.
“He shouldn’t have acted in the way that he did and recognises that.
“His daughter returned to his home address in tears and explained that Mr Stewart’s son had been assaulted by the victim.
“Stewart reacted to this information and reacted in a way that he shouldn’t have done.
“Instead of walking away this led to Mr Stewart going to his work van, retrieving a painter’s pole and assaulting the complainer.”
That argument was not accepted by the Crown and the case was deferred for another hearing this week.
SheriffWilliam Gallacher told Stewart:“My advice is that you should put your affairs in order as your liberty may not be long-lived.”