Man was ‘grin­ning about pole at­tack’

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands -

A court heard yes­ter­day that a man ac­cused of beat­ing some­one with a pole was said by a friend to have been “grin­ning” about it shortly after­wards.

The friend Brett Web­ster said: “I think he was a lit­tle glad he had done it and was not re­morse­ful to start with.”

Wick Sher­iff Court heard, pre­vi­ously, that the vic­tim, Ewan Macdon­ald, was so badly in­jured in the at­tack in Kennedy Ter­race, Wick, that he had to hold onto a wall as he strug­gled down the street be­fore col­laps­ing.

Mr Macdon­ald, 27, who was work­ing in Wick at the time, needed two oper­a­tions and the in­ci­dent shook his con­fi­dence and per­son­al­ity.

Bar­net­son, 21, of 37 Kin­naird Street, Wick, de­nies on in­dict­ment, as­sault­ing Mr Macdon­ald to his se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment and per­ma­nent im­pair­ment.

Mr Macdon­ald had been out so­cial­is­ing in Wick on the night in ques­tion, June 26, last year and had been in­vited back to a house in Kennedy Ter­race, by a woman. He was at­tacked as he left the house and ended up in hospi­tal. Mr Macdon­ald was off work for an ini­tial five months and has only lim­ited use of his right arm.

Mr Web­ster, 23, said the ac­cused told him he had struck the man on the back of the head, and when he fell over, had kicked and punched him on the

“I think he was a lit­tle glad he had done it and wasn’t sorry”

ground. The court heard, pre­vi­ously, from an­other wit­ness Keira Ma­cleod. The 21-year-old carer had been try­ing to get to sleep in the up­stairs bed­room of her home in Kennedy Ter­race when she heard a metal­lic noise. Look­ing out of her win­dow she saw a man she recog­nised as Bar­net­son re­peat­edly hit­ting an­other man on the ground with a iron bar.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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