Found guilty of murder bid on dad of three

James Martin in  hospital after the brutal attack.
James Martin in hospital after the brutal attack.

A man has been convicted of a brutal attack on a dad-of-three which left him fighting for his life.

Grant Murray (20) was found guilty of attempting to murder James Martin (38) by kicking and stamping on him as he lay on the ground in High Street, Newarthill, on February 1.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Mr Martin’s jaw was split in two by the force of the blows.

The violence was witnessed by Mr Martin’s son Jordan (18) who said in evidence: “My dad was seriously hurt. He wasn’t moving.”

The court heard that minutes earlier Murray’s brother Graham (30) had punched Mr Martin to the ground.

Graham Murray was convicted of assaulting Mr Martin while Grant Murray was also found guilty of assaulting Jordan Martin by punching him on the head and body and pursuing him.

Grant Murray denied that he had stamped on Mr Martin’s head, although he admitted stamping on his back and kicking him.

He told the court: “My actions were reckless and uncalled for, but I never jumped on his head.”

However, the sickening attack was captured on CCTV and the jury saw Grant Murray stamp on and kick Mr Martin.

Jordan Martin said he had gone to collect his dad from the pub around 10.30pm and buy snacks at a shop.

As they walked down a lane Grant Murray approached and asked James Martin for a cigarette.

When he handed one over Graham Murray came over, said ‘Don’t touch him’ and punched Mr Martin to the ground.

His brother Grant then carried out an assault on Mr Martin as he lay unresponsive.

The brothers claimed the assaults were sparked by Jordan Martin hitting them with a shopping bag, but he denied this.

The pair will be sentenced next month.