Re­duced sen­tence af­ter vi­o­lent at­tack

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The court was told he had been re­spond­ing to ses­sions with a foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist to deal with men­tal health is­sues which had arisen af­ter he was abused as a child.

The ac­cused’s lawyer said that treat­ment would not be able to con­tinue if he was im­pris­oned.

Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade cut the jail term from 18 months - and also back­dated it to Novem­ber 17, when the ac­cused was first re­manded.

She said that would en­sure that when lib­er­ated, McA­dam was able to “re-en­gage” with all the ser­vices af­forded to him.

He ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing the other man in Perth Prison on Septem­ber 6, 2017, to his in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment. He was sub­ject to three sep­a­rate bail orders at the time.

De­pute fis­cal Lynne Man­nion told the court that McA­dam was seen to “beckon” Mr Todd over shortly af­ter 1.30pm.

As he ap­proached the cell, the ac­cused then grabbed him and pulled him in­side.

Apart from ad­mit­ting he had car­ried out the at­tack, the ac­cused gave no fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion for what had taken place.

The vic­tim was treated by a prison doc­tor be­fore be­ing taken to Perth Royal In­fir­mary where he had eight ster­istrips ap­plied to a wound to his eye which would leave a per­ma­nent scar.

A so­lic­i­tor for the ac­cused said that his client “per­ceived” that he had been slighted by Mr Todd and a “con­fronta­tion” took place.

The lawyer con­ceded that cus­tody would be “up­per­most” in the sher­iff ’s mind but pointed out he had been re­spond­ing to a three-year com­mu­nity pay­back or­der, which in­cluded men­tal health treat­ment, im­posed last year.

He sub­mit­ted that the in­ter­ests of the pub­lic would be bet­ter served if McA­dam was able to con­tinue his treat­ment.

McA­dam ad­mit­ted a list of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing sev­eral for as­sault to in­jury.

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