Ear-bite at­tacker warned hefaces prison

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A Mo­ray man who bit off part of his vic­tim’s ear in a sick­en­ing as­sault has been warned he faces be­ing locked up.

James Don­ald, who is cur­rently an in­mate at Pol­mont, bru­tally at­tacked Shane Drury in For­res on May 4.

The 20-year-old also struck, per­ma­nently scarred and en­dan­gered the life of Jamie Stephen dur­ing an­other sep­a­rate knife at­tack in El­gin.

Yes­ter­day, the Mo­ray man was told fur­ther time in cus­tody was al­most “in­evitable” af­ter he pleaded guilty to three as­sault charges at El­gin Sher­iff Court.

Don­ald re­peat­edly punched Mr Drury on the head at an ad­dress on Hain­ings North in For­res be­fore bit­ing off a piece

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of his left ear, which left the vic­tim per­ma­nently in­jured and se­verely in­jured.

Then, on two oc­ca­sions on Au­gust 17, the youth as­saulted Adrian Foster at a prop­erty on Dean of Guild Way in El­gin by re­peat­edly punch­ing him on the head.

On the same day, he also struck Mr Stephen to the face with a knife, or sim­i­lar weapon, leav­ing him per­ma­nently dis­fig­ured and se­verely in­jured.

Prose­cu­tors have de­scribed the or­deal as be­ing “to the dan­ger of the life” of Mr Stephen.

Yes­ter­day, de­fence ad­vo­cate Gavin An­der­son de­clined to make any com­ments in sup­port of his client un­til his next court ap­pear­ance.

Sher­iff Olga Pas­port­nikov told Don­ald that he faced be­ing sen­tenced to fur­ther time be­hind bars when he next ap­pears in the dock.

Sen­tence was de­ferred on Don­ald, who was re­manded in cus­tody, un­til De­cem­ber 12 in order for back­ground re­ports to be pre­pared.

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