Thug faces prison term

Vic­tim was at­tacked after chase in Main Street

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de­fence lawyer Laura Greer and this was ac­cepted by the court.

The court heard that around 3.30pm, Grant and his friend Mr Camp­bell were walk­ing along the Main Street when they saw the vic­tim.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Cassie Scott said: “The com­plainer was stand­ing in a lane just off the Main Street, the ac­cused said ‘That’s the boy there’ in the di­rec­tion of the com­plainer.

“The com­plainer came out of the lane on to the road­way and the ac­cused then pro­duced an item, it is la­belled as an un­known ob­ject be­cause it was never re­cov­ered.

“He chased the com­plainer, the com­plainer was there­after punched on his body by the ac­cused with this item in the ac­cused’s hand.”

The court was told Mr Hughes was on the ground in be­tween the parked cars.

Miss Scott added that an off- duty po­lice of­fi­cer passed and saw the last of the in­ci­dent.

He chased after Grant and took hold of him.

Mr Hughes was taken to ac­ci­dent and emer­gency and was found to have suf­fered a “sin­gle punc­ture wound” on his lower back and grazes to his head and body.

De­fence lawyer Ross Yuill said that the men - who knew each other from their school days - had met a short time ear­lier, that day, when they had meet­ings at the job cen­tre on the same street.

Mr Yuill said: “There was a brief al­ter­ca­tion at the job cen­tre, where some punches were thrown”.

The court was told Grant went into the job cen­tre and around 15 min­utes later when he left, saw Mr Hughes and his friends.

Mr Yuill added: “He took the view that they had de­lib­er­ately waited for him.

“That’s the im­pres­sion he got, there’s no other rea­son for them to be stand­ing in what was a dead-end lane.”

He said that the only item his client had with him was a set of keys but that they were lost dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Sher­iff John McCormick de­ferred sen­tence on Grant un­til next year and re­manded him in cus­tody.

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