MAN AMBUSHED NEAR HIS HOME Stag do rev­eller left with cracked skull

Vic­tim was so badly in­jured his wife didn’t recog­nise him

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

A stag do rev­eller who was punched d ow n stairs suf­fered head in­juries so hor­rific doc­tors feared he had a brain tu­mour.

Greig Thom­son, 22, left Mal­colm Hep­burn with a cracked skull and swelling after am­bush­ing him out­side his own home.

The vic­tim’s wife found him ly­ing in a close cov­ered in blood, and only recog­nised him when she rolled him over.

At Pais­ley Sher­iff Court the brute ad­mit­ted at­tack­ing Mr Hep­burn as he tried to get in­side.

Pros­e­cu­tor Tom Bow­man told how Mr Hep­burn was jumped when he got out of a taxi after a party.

He said: “Mr Hep­burn and his brother had been at a stag do in Glas­gow.

“As the taxi ar­rived at Maple Dri v e, John­stone, both Hep­burns ob­served a male and two fe­males stand­ing at the junc­tion with Chest­nut Place.

“Mal­colm Hep­burn ex­ited and be­gan walk­ing as the taxi drove away.

“At this time, he

heard Thom­son say, ‘that’s Colin Hep­burn and that’s his brother’.

“Mal­colm ob­served him tak­ing off his watch and be­lieved he was about to be as­saulted.

“One of the fe­males at­tempted to in­ter­vene, with­out suc­cess, by push­ing the ac­cused and say­ing, ‘Malky’s not done any­thing’.

“Mal­colm said, ‘ I’m away, I’m not want­ing any bother.’

“He tried to get into the house when he was punched on the head, caus­ing him to fall down a flight of stairs, land­ing at the bot­tom.

“Upon hear­ing the com­mo­tion out­side, his wife at­tended out­side and ob­served a man that she didn’t recog­nise as her hus­band ly­ing on his back, mak­ing gar­gling noises.

“She ran down and no­ticed his face was cov­ered in blood. She rolled him over to place him in the re­cov­ery po­si­tion and that’s when she re­alised it was her hus­band and he was in­jured.”

Mr Hep­burn was rushed to the Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal for ur­gent med­i­cal treat­ment.

Medics car­ry­ing out a CT scan found he had a skull frac­ture and le­sions on his brain.

He also had blood run­ning from his ear, abra­sions to his scalp and a cut on the side of his head.

Doc­tors in­sist his in­juries were con­sis­tent with huge trauma or with a tu­mour.

Thom­son was later traced by po­lice and charged in con­nec­tion with the as­sault.

Mr Hep­burn has been left with hear­ing prob­lems since the at­tack in Maple Drive, John­stone, after 1am last De­cem­ber 4.

De­fence lawyer Char­lie McCusker ad­mit­ted his client had punched the man, but in­sisted there was more to the drama.

He is ex­pected to claim there are ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances which led Thom­son, of nearby Bruce Av­enue, to at­tack.

Sher­iff Tom McCart­ney con­tin­ued pro­ceed­ings for proof of mit­i­ga­tion un­til De­cem­ber 15.

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