Bottle assault victim has ‘long term scarring’

Bus stop outside Motherwell railway station
Bus stop outside Motherwell railway station

A teenager is scarred for life after a vicious bottle attack which happened in broad daylight at a bus stop in the centre of Motherwell.

Ryan Dickson was assaulted after an argument broke out with fellow passengers as he was getting off the bus.

Mel Rae (21), a prisoner, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week and admitted assaulting the 18-year-old to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement in Muir Street on May 28 this year.

Rae, believed to be from Bellshill, was the subject of two separate bail orders when he carried out the attack.

Barry Dunne, prosecuting, said Mr Dickson and his 15-year-old girlfriend got on the bus in East Kilbride at 4.30 in the afternoon.

During the journey to Motherwell Rae got on the bus with another man who had a bottle in a carrier bag.

Mr Dickson was getting off the bus when comments were made about his girlfriend and this led to a ‘verbal altercation’.

Mr Dunne told the court: “The couple got off and sat in the bus shelter, but the verbal exchange continued through a window of the bus.

“The accused and his accomplice then got off the bus and made their way towards Mr Dickson. Rae now had the bottle and he struck the victim on the head with it.

“This caused the bottle to shatter and he retrieved the bottle neck before striking Mr Dickson repeatedly on the head and body.”

Sheriff Douglas Brown deferred sentence until August 30, remanding Rae in custody.

More from the court in this week’s Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.