Back be­hind bars

Bot­tle at­tack

Rutherglen Reformer - - Special Feature - Court re­porter

A vi­o­lent of­fender from Cam­bus­lang is back be­hind bars af­ter be­ing con­victed of a vi­cious bot­tle at­tack at a house in Hamil­ton.

Gavin Brown was jailed for 28 months at the town’s sher­iff court last week.

He was found guilty of as­sault­ing Thomas Wil­son to his se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment at a house in Kelvin Gar­dens, Hamil­ton, on Fe­bru­ary 24 last year.

Brown, 26, of Christie Place, en­tered the house “un­in­vited” then stabbed Mr Wil­son re­peat­edly on the head and body with a bot­tle.

The vic­tim suf­fered what a doc­tor de­scribed as a “gap­ing” 10cm cres­centshaped wound un­der his arm which re­quired 11 stitches.

A fur­ther cut on his arm was closed with seven stitches and an­other four stitches were needed for a cut to his cheek.

Mr Wil­son also had lac­er­a­tions to his eye­brow and jaw while cuts to his fin­gers were said to be de­fen­sive in­juries.

Brown de­nied car­ry­ing out the at­tack and in­sisted he hit out in self-de­fence, but the jury re­turned a unan­i­mous guilty ver­dict af­ter a three­day trial.

It then emerged that Brown had been sent to prison for 27 months at the same court in Jan­uary 2016 for an­other se­ri­ous as­sault, this one in­volv­ing a knife.

He has other pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for as­saults and car­ry­ing weapons.

Sher­iff David Bicket told Brown that, in view of his record and the na­ture of the lat­est charge, an­other prison stretch was the only ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence.

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