Be­hind bars af­ter

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A man who at­tacked a fel­low cus­tomer in a Harthill shop has been put be­hind bars.

CCTV cap­tured rag­ing Robert Brown kick­ing and stamp­ing on the head of Craig Costello who has Asperger’s Syn­drome and epilepsy.

For­tu­nately, Mr Costello’s in­juries were rel­a­tively mi­nor, but he was put un­der ob­ser­va­tion in hos­pi­tal as his heart rate was found to be“ex­tremely high”as a re­sult of the at­tack.

Brown ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court last week for sen­tenc­ing hav­ing ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Mr Costello at Day to Day Ex­press in Ed­in­burgh Road on April 7 last year.

Brown was sen­tenced to 21 months in prison.

Michael McIn­tosh, prose­cut­ing, de­scribed the vic­tim as“some­what vul­ner­a­ble”.

He was wait­ing to pay for items in the shop when Brown ap­proached.

There had been an al­leged in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Mr Costello and one of Brown’s rel­a­tives and Brown warned him to stay away from his fam­ily.

Brown then punched Mr Costello who hit back but was to come off worse as the vi­o­lence es­ca­lated.

Mr McIn­tosh played the CCTV footage in court.

It showed Mr Costello be­ing knocked to the floor and Brown kick­ing and stamp­ing on him as he lay help­less.

The fis­cal added:“The ac­cused then ap­peared to have a change of heart and is seen to as­sist the vic­tim.

“The po­lice were called and found traces of blood on the door of the shop. Mr Costello was taken to Wishaw Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal but, per­haps sur­pris­ingly given what’s vis­i­ble on the CCTV, his in­juries were rel­a­tively mi­nor. He had swelling and bruis­ing to his face, a cut to his up­per lip and abra­sions to his body.”

When he was quizzed by po­lice, Brown told of­fi­cers:“It was an ar­gu­ment that got out of hand.”

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