Glasgow & West Scotland

Brian McGeechan in air gun attack on Alexander Fraser

A man is facing a lengthy jail term for blinding another man in one eye during an unprovoked air gun attack.

Brian McGeechan assaulted 23-year-old Alexander Fraser as he stood waiting for a taxi near Fullarton Park Hotel, Tollcross, Glasgow, in February.

At the High Court in Glasgow, the 21-year-old admitted assaulting Mr Fraser to his permanent disfigurement.

Judge Lady Dorrian remanded McGeechan in custody and deferred sentencing until next month.

The court heard how Mr Fraser had enjoyed a night out with his partner and friends at the Fullarton Park Hotel on 25 February.

'I'm blind'

The group were later standing for a taxi when McGeechan made a remark towards Mr Fraser's girlfriend.

The court heard Mr Fraser told him: "There's no need to say something like that."

McGeechan - who was not known to Mr Fraser - crossed the road and was then spotted with a dark coloured handgun as he walked behind a car.

He then repeatedly shot at Mr Fraser who cried out: "I'm blind in my left eye."

McGeechan was later identified from CCTV images due to his bright yellow jacket.

Mr Fraser was rushed to hospital suffering from multiples injuries, including to his left eye, jaw and thumb.

The court heard that surgeons decided against removing a pellet from his left eye as there would be a high risk of causing more complications.

Mr Fraser also has a pellet lodged in his jaw, which cannot be removed either due to damage it could cause to nerves.

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