North-east man con­fesses to bru­tal as­sault on his brother

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY CHRIS JAFFRAY

A north-east man has ad­mit­ted to a bru­tal as­sault on his brother in their home.

Staff at Sains­burys in Aberdeen’s Ber­ry­den be­came alarmed when John Hil­dreth shouted that he had killed his sib­ling on Septem­ber 3 this year.

Po­lice were called and he said he had kicked his brother but he was not mov­ing.

Of­fi­cers at­tended at his home on Bed­ford Road where they found Fran­cis Hil­dreth se­verely in­jured and cov­ered in blood.

John ad­mit­ted to as­sault to per­ma­nent im­pair­ment and dan­ger of life at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yesterday.

Fis­cal de­pute Jamie Dun­bar said Fran­cis would be left with “per­ma­nent numb­ness in his lower lip” and “per­ma­nent scar­ring”.

Rep­re­sent­ing John, 46, de­fence lawyer Graeme Mur­ray said Fran­cis had writ­ten say­ing he har­boured no an­i­mos­ity for the at­tack.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Sum­mers de­ferred sen­tence un­til Jan­uary for re­ports.

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