Man left with cut face af­ter be­ing slashed with beer can

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A man was slashed across the face with a beer can dur­ing a fight in Perth.

Shaun Wild­ish ran away from the scene of the at­tack on Perth’s County Place shout­ing: “Boys we need to run, I’ve just slashed him.”

Yes­ter­day at Perth Sheriff Court the 20-year-old ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Alis­tair Maxwell by strik­ing him on the face with a sharp in­stru­ment on Au­gust 12.

De­pute fis­cal John Mal­pass told the court the vic­tim and an­other man had been walk­ing along New Row in Perth at around 11.40pm when they passed Wild­ish and two oth­ers.

“Words were ex­changed be­tween the two groups and this was seen by other peo­ple whose home over­looked the scene,” he said.

“They ob­served five males with the ac­cused be­hav­ing ag­gres­sively to­wards the com­plainer.”

The vic­tim ran off, with Wild­ish in pur­suit.

When he caught up with the other man, Wild­ish lashed out with the beer can be­fore run­ning back to the area he had come from.

“One of the in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses saw the ac­cused run­ning away from County Place to­wards New Row shout­ing to his friends ‘Boys we need to run, I’ve just slashed him’,” said Mr Mal­pass.

Two wit­nesses also saw Wild­ish throw some­thing into nearby bushes.

Mr Mal­pass said Mr Maxwell suf­fered a cut above his left eye but re­fused med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

So­lic­i­tor Paul Ralph said the weapon had been a beer can which had been flat­tened out to pro­duce a sharp edge.

Sen­tence was de­ferred on Wild­ish, de­scribed in court pa­pers as a pris­oner at Pol­mont, un­til next month for re­ports.

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