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IT consultant Gordon Summers jailed for attack on Steven Ferry

South Bridge, Edinburgh
Image caption The attack happened on South Bridge in Edinburgh

An IT consultant has been jailed for four years and 10 months for an assault on a nightclubber in Edinburgh.

Gordon Summers chased Steven Ferry before punching and kicking him on South Bridge on 28 November 2010.

Summers, 34, from Livingston, admitted assaulting Mr Ferry, 23, to his severe injury, permanent impairment and danger of his life, along with Paul St Pierre.

Last year, St Pierre, 30, a former NHS IT specialist from Penicuik, was jailed for nine years for attempted murder.

A judge told Summers at the High Court in Edinburgh: "This seems to me to have been a completely unprovoked attack on this man."

Employment record

Lord Burns said "inexcusable and wanton" violence had been inflicted on Mr Ferry.

The judge told Summers he took into account that he was not responsible for what may have been the most serious aspect of the assault - stamping on Mr Ferry's head.

He told Summers: "It is highly unfortunate you, as a family man and a man with a good employment record, find yourself in this position."

He told Summers he would have received six years' imprisonment but for his guilty plea.

Mr Ferry was found to have serious head injuries and spent nine weeks in hospital after the attack.

He suffered seizures following the assault and was found to have post traumatic amnesia.

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