Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man jailed over Cables Wynd assault

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption The court heard Hammond will be supervised on his release from prison

A man has been jailed for eight years after admitting the attempted murder of a young man who he left critically injured in an Edinburgh street.

Craig Whyte, 22, was found lying unconscious between two bins outside a flat in Cables Wynd House, in Leith where he had had a row on 30 May 2011.

Benjamin Hammond, 23, put Mr Whyte in a head lock and dragged him into a lift where he head butted him.

He hauled him across the street before repeatedly punching and kicking him.

Mr Whyte was at Hammond's home with others when Hammond was told that he had drunk his beer and allegedly called his father an insulting name.

Advocate depute Laura Thomson told the High Court in Edinburgh the victim apologised for drinking Hammond's beer.

But she said: "The accused replied that it didn't matter that he had drunk his beer, but why had he called his father a name?"

Hammond then launched a sustained attack on Mr Whyte, who was punched and fell to the floor and struck his head before being hauled from the flat and subjected to further violence.

Judge Lord Woolman told Hammond, who will be supervised for three years on his release, that the assault was "violent in the extreme."

"Although it started in a top floor flat, you dragged him along the corridor to a lift where you head butted him, then took him to the street and resumed punching and kicking him," said Lord Woolman.

"You left him literally for dead. At no stage did the victim offer any resistance."

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