Reduced sentence after violent attack
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.