Man cleared of hitting boy with tumbler


A jury has thrown out a claim that a man seriously injured a 12-year-old boy by throwing a glass at him.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard the youngster needed 10 stitches in a head wound after an incident at a house in Holytown on April 6 this year.

Thomas McCluskey (26), of Logans Road, Motherwell, denied a charge of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement. The jury took less than half an hour to return a unanimous not guilty verdict.

It was suggested to the boy that he caused the injury himself by throwing the glass which bounced off a wall and hit him.

Defence witnesses claimed the boy boasted later that he would ‘get £1,000 a stitch’ in criminal injuries compensation.

The boy denied making the remark, but defence agent Diarmid Bruce accused him of making up a story to get McCluskey into trouble.

Mr Bruce told the jury it might seem harsh to brand a young boy a liar, but he was following the instructions of his client who insisted the injury was self-inflicted.