Assault victim was bleeding from head wound and running from house in Hamilton

-Credit: (Image: Hamilton Advertiser)
-Credit: (Image: Hamilton Advertiser)

A shocked passer-by saw an assault victim bleeding from a head wound and running from a house in Hamilton.

Police were soon on the scene and arrested one of the attackers after a short chase.

Andrew Ballantyne, 46, of Fereneze Crescent, Hamilton, appeared at the town's sheriff court this week.

He admitted assaulting the 41-year-old male victim at a property in Spey Gardens on March 17 last year.

Allegations that a bat was used in the attack and a knife brandished at the victim were dropped.

The court heard that the victim was staying in the house at the time. He was sleeping and woke to find two men, including Ballantyne, attacking him.

He was struck on the head and body but managed to flee from the property.

His attackers followed him outside and police officers chased and caught Ballantyne. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his head injury.

When charged, Ballantyne told officers: "Aye, I did hit him."

Sheriff Linda Nicolson deferred sentence until next month for background reports and an electronic tagging assessment. Ballantyne had his bail continued.

Mr Duncan was a reluctant witness and a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to attend court to give evidence.

He appeared from custody at the end of the case. He was warned regarding his future conduct and granted bail pending sentence later this month on a string of charges including shoplifting and threatening or abusive behaviour.

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