Brothers sent to jail for jaw break assaults

Hamilton Sheriff Court
Hamilton Sheriff Court

Two Motherwell brothers have been sent to prison after attacks in the town centre left the two victims nursing broken jaws.

But one of them who claims his sentence was excessive is this week asking a High Court judge to free him.

Graeme Divers (24), of Clapperhowe Road, was jailed for 15 months at Hamilton Sheriff Court. He admitted punching William Weir, causing him to fall to the ground and sustain severe injury.

His brother Craig (28), of Parkneuk Street, admitted grabbing Scott Gavin by the neck, causing him to fall and kicking him on the head to his severe injury while he was on the ground. He was given a 13-month stretch.

The assaults happened in Muir Street in November 2012 and were captured on CCTV. The court heard that months on from the attack Mr Gavin was having to take food via a straw due to his jaw injury.

Defence agent Tom Watters said Graeme Divers thought - perhaps mistakenly - that Mr Weir had assaulted his brother and that was why he punched Mr Weir.

Mr Watters said CCTV showed the victim got up and chased his client. It was the next day before he went to hospital.

Graeme Divers is this week asking the High Court to free him pending an appeal against his sentence.