A man who attacked someone at a drink-and drug-fuelled Rutherglen party has been told “only a substantial sentence is appropriate.”
Raymond Bell attacked David Black after they fell out over a woman , leaving him in a persistent vegetative state.
A man caused a friend horrific brain injuries by brutally kicking and stamping on his head.
Raymond Bell launched his vicious attack on David Black after they fell out over a woman at a drink- and drugfuelled party in Rutherglen.
As a result of the savage and sustained assault, Mr Black was left in a persistent vegetative state and requiring roundthe-clock nursing care.
Bell, 29, had denied repeatedly punching and kicking his friend on the head and body until he fell down on November 1, 2014.
He also denied kicking and stamping on Mr Black’s head as he lay on the floor to his permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment and danger of life.
After listening to evidence from witnesses who were at the house in Lochaber Drive, Rutherglen, a jury at the High Court on Glasgow last month convicted Bell of attempted murder.
At the High Court in Livingston yesterday, trial judge John Morris handed him an extended sentence of 12 years, with a punishment part of nine years in custody and a post-release supervision period of three years.
The judge backdated the sentence to 21 November 2014 when Bell was first remanded in custody.
Tony Graham QC, defending, said there was little he could say in mitigation in the light of the jury’s verdict.
He said: “There are devastating injuries to the complainer, which was obviously the greatest aggravating factor in this case.
“This was an incident born of drink and probably drug abuse on the part of everyone during the course of a party.”
He said the assault was the result of a dispute between the two friends over a “lady” called Samantha at the party who was “looking for another suitor”.
He added: “It perhaps goes to show the nature of temptation amongst all parties when drink is taken and drugs are used and emotions run high.
“Even those who are friendly with one another can find themselves in a situation which devastates the quality of life.
“This is a crime which wasn’t planned. This is a crime which has been the result of circumstances at the gathering.”
He said Bell’s previous convictions were “perhaps eloquent of his lifestyle” and he acknowledged that the court would require to impose a significant prison term.
Passing sentence, temporary judge Morris told Bell: “The jury convicted you of attempted murder and as you’ll appreciate that’s a very serious offence.
“In this particular case you’ll also appreciate the consequences of your actions were very grave indeed for the victim.
“Although the victim is still alive, he’ll continue to have no quality of life whatsoever.
“In those circumstances, you’ll appreciate only a substantial sentence is appropriate in your case.”
The incident took place at a party in Lochaber Drive
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