Paisley Daily Express
Row over booze sparked assault in train carriage
A repeat offender has been jailed for battering his brother and spraying him with a fire extinguisher on board a train.
Darren Thomson, 28, is starting a nine-month prison sentence after he attacked his brother Mark while they were travelling on a train bound for Paisley Gilmour Street.
The town’s sheriff court heard Thomson fell out with his sibling over a bottle of vodka and exploded in violence, grabbing him by
the throat, and punching him repeatedly in front of other passengers.
Thomson appeared for sentencing before Sheriff Colin Pettigrew after he pleaded guilty the assault.
He also admitted repeatedly throttling him, punching him on the head and removing a fire extinguisher and spraying it at him.
The court had requested background reports ahead for sentencing Thomson, who was brought from HMP Barlinnie, where he has been remanded.
Defence agent Stephen Grady revealed his client has just been locked up for three years and three months at Glasgow Sheriff Court for weapons and public disorder offences.
He urged the court to take that into account when handing Thomson his sentence for the attack on the train.
He said: “Put simply, this was a fight between two brothers on a train which got out of hand.
“If it weren’t for Mr Thomson’s record of previous convictions, it is likely this would have been dealt with at a summary level of prosecution.
“He pleaded guilty to the offence. There was no way this was ever going to trial.
“We understand there was CCTV of the incident and statements.
“We have accepted this from the outset and ask the court to bear in mind that he received a sentence of three years and three months only last week.
“He has also spent a considerable period of time on remand.”
The brutal assault was captured on CCTV on board the train, which was travelling between Woodhall Station, in Port Glasgow, and Paisley on June 26 last year.
The court heard Thomson pulled his brother Mark and pinned him down on to the table in the train carriage.
He slapped him and punched him “ten times on the head” after which he grabbed the victim by the throat.
Sheriff Pettigrew told him he had no option but to jail him for the assault.
He added that Thomson had a “disgraceful record”, but was prepared to limit his sentencing to nine months.
He said: “The sentencing but for the timing of your plea would have been 16 months or 485 days.
“I will deduct the time you have been in custody, which takes it 267 days.”