PUB THUG BATTERED DRINKER WITH METAL BAR
Victim left scarred for life after vicious attack
A tanked- up welder battered a drinker over the head with a metal bar in a savage pub attack.
Samuel Hannah, 59, whipped out a steel cosh from his sleeve and smashed it into the face and head of victim Ernest Craig who was
sitting drinking at the bar in the Keystone Pub at Houston Square, Johnstone.
Paisley Sheriff Court was shown graphic CCTV footage of the incident where Hannah struck Mr Craig with such force, that the victim’s pint shattered into his face.
Mr Craig slumped forward in his chair as the attacker continued to rain blows on his head, until he was knocked unconscious onto the floor where he lay bleeding from wounds to his nose, head and hand.
The court was shown footage where brave drinkers jumped in to help save the victim and they also came under attack from Hannah, who continued to swing the metal bar at them.
However, he was eventually overpowered after a furious struggle and held down on the floor, while witnesses attended to Mr Craig.
Describing the attack, Fiscal depute Keri Marshall said: “The accused had the weapon in his right hand and he struck Mr Craig in face smashing the pint Mr Craig was holding.
“The second and third strikes hit Mr Craig in the face and the fourth struck the back of Mr Craig’s head at which point Mr Craig slumped off his chair and on to the floor.
“He appeared to be unconscious and remains motionless on the floor.”
She said witnesses ,who were playing pool, ran over and prevented the accused from “any further action.”
After a fierce struggle, they held the accused down on the floor.
Hannah, of Dimity Street, Johnstone, pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Mr Craig by striking him with a metal bar causing a glass to break in his face, and repeatedly striking him with a metal bar all to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.
The court heard was left with a two-anda-half inch laceration to his nose, which has left a permanent scar and needed six stitches to seal.
He was also left with a one-inch laceration to the back of his head, which was stapled by medics, and a cut to his hand, caused by the pint glass he was drinking from shattering, which needed butterfly stitches.
Defence agent Rhona Lynch said there was very little she could say by way of explanation for the attack.
She explained: “There is nothing I can say at this stage, by way of mitigation, which can explain or give any background on this very serious assault.
“Mr Hannah has searched his soul over the last few months, trying to work out why he behaved in the way he did, other than being heavily under the influence of alcohol.
“He has worked constantly through his life, he is a time served welder and has worked in the oil industry for the past six years and, in addition, works weekends on the railways.
“This appears to be completely out of character.
“On the evening in question he was drinking with his wife and she left to go home for the evening.
“He was drinking Drambuie and has a very limited and sketchy recollection of events.
“He was literally hanging his head in shame in the dock as the CCTV was played.”
Sheriff Tom McCartney who called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing, warned Hannah he faces jail.
He said: “The severity of this assault is such that it is very hard to see there can be any alternative to prison that would be appropriate, and you should be aware of that.
“But I will make no decision in respect of that until I have read the reports I have ordered.”
Hannah will discover his fate when appears for sentencing on February 5.
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