Mum’s hammer attack
Only young son keeps her out of prison
A young Hamilton mum attacked a neighbour with a hammer after breaking into his flat.
Nicola Lindsay was told last week that only the fact that she has a fouryear-old to look after had kept her out of prison.
Lindsay (29), now of Kintore Park, Hamilton, admitted assaulting Dean Thomson and his mother, Kirsteen, at their home in the town’s Fleming Way on December 20 last year.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of her brother John Lindsay (31), of Woodfoot Road, Hamilton. He admitted headbutting Mr Thomson and resisting arrest, but failed to turn up for sentence at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Neil Thomson, prosecuting, said Nicola Lindsay was living in a flat above the Thomsons at the time of the attacks.
He stated: “About 9.45pm Dean Thomson heard a noise outside the flat and went to the common close to investigate.
“He saw John Lindsay standing on the stairs. There was a brief exchange then Lindsay headbutted Mr Thomson who ran back to his flat and closed the door.
“He then heard the sound of the front door being kicked. It gave way and Nicola Lindsay was seen to enter, carrying a small claw hammer.
“There was a struggle between her and Kirsteen Thomson. While brandishing the hammer above her head, Lindsay headbutted Mrs Thomson, causing her to fall.
“She then punched Dean Thomson repeatedly on the head and body before striking him once on the side of the face with the hammer.”
The fiscal said Dean Thomson suffered a broken tooth and bruises to his head and body. His mum had a bruised face.
Defence agent Diarmid Bruce said there had earlier been a disagreement over wifi and Nicola Lindsay had been slapped.
He added: “She was drinking to excess and her recollection of what happened is not great.”
Sheriff David Bicket ordered Lindsay to pay Mr Thomson £750 in compensation and carry out 225 hours of unpaid community work.
She will also be supervised for 18 months.
The sheriff told her: “The only thing preventing me from imposing custody is you have a four-year-old son and I have to take account of that.”
Court Hamilton Sheriff