Man suffered fracture to eye socket after taxi rank assault in East Kilbride

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

A man suffered fractures to his eye socket and hand after he was floored by a single punch at a taxi rank in East Kilbride.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that the victim's head hit the ground and he was knocked unconscious.

Jamie Jeffrey, 20, admitted assaulting the man to his severe injury and permanent impairment at the rank near Churchill Avenue on November 27, 2022.

The court heard that the victim underwent surgery to his right hand which was fractured in two places. The eye injury has resulted in him experiencing blurred vision.

Defence lawyer Tony Linden said: "Disastrous consequences arose from what was not the most forceful of punches, but my client must accept those consequences."

Gemma Trosh, prosecuting, said the assault happened around 3am.

She stated that the victim was was making his way past the taxi rank and came across a group that included Jeffrey.

And she went on: "He spoke to them but Jeffrey took exception to something said by the complainerand struck him with a punch to the side of the head. This caused him to fall and strike his head off the concrete.

"CCTV cameras captured the incident in full and the accused was identified from the footage."

Sentence on Jeffrey, of Carrick Road, East Kilbride, was deferred until August for background reports and his bail was continued.

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