MAN AMBUSHED NEAR HIS HOME Stag do reveller left with cracked skull
Victim was so badly injured his wife didn’t recognise him
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.