Two sent to prison for street attack on friend

HAMILTON SHERIFF COURT
HAMILTON SHERIFF COURT

Two men who attacked a friend in Bellshill have been jailed despite the victim’s reluctance to see them prosecuted.

Six people were originally accused of assaulting Stephen Smith who was said to have been hit with pieces of concrete, severely injured and scarred.

However, four had not guilty pleas accepted at Hamilton Sheriff Court while Jamie Seery (24) and Adam Martin (24), both prisoners, admitted a much reduced charge involving only a single kick and a punch.

The assault happened in Thorndean Avenue on March 14 this year.

Diarmid Bruce, defending Seery, said all parties had been drunk. The accused were friends of Mr Smith who had refused to give a statement to the police.

However, the incident was witnessed by a neighbour so the prosecution went ahead.

Mr Bruce added: “My client has been in custody for 96 days in connection with this matter.

“It’s fair to say he has pleaded guilty to a significantly different charge to that which he faced originally.”

Mark Lutton, for Martin, said the dad of two has ‘reached a crossroads in his life’ and wants to end his ‘cycle of offending’.

He suggested his client could be given a community-based sentence to monitor him and help him to change his lifestyle.

Sheriff Ray Small told the pair: “Your pleas are to a far less serious charge than you first faced. Had you been convicted of that the sentences would have been measured in years.

“However, the fact you knew the victim is no great excuse, being drunk even less so. No disposal other than custody is appropriate.”

Seery, who has only one previous conviction for violence, was sent to prison for six months, backdated to July 3.

The sheriff jailed Martin for nine months, to run from June 17.

He told him: “You have two previous convictions for assault at sheriff and jury level.

“Your most recent conviction, also for assault, earned a community sentence, but the reports say that has had no impact whatsover, so I’m not trying that again.”