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Robert Kirkwood jailed for drill attack on James Hanlon

James Hanlon
Image caption James Hanlon was hit repeatedly during the attack

A man has been jailed for four and a half years for a "brutal" attack with a power drill.

Robert Kirkwood, 26, repeatedly hit James Hanlon with the DIY tool after ambushing his car on the outskirts of Glasgow in August 2010.

Passing sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Dorrian ordered that Kirkwood should also be kept under supervision for a further two years.

Kirkwood was arrested a month after the assault, as he returned from France.

The judge told Kirkwood: "The risk assessment in the social inquiry report indicates to me that this is a case in which I should impose an extended sentence for the protection of the public."

The court had been told that Kirkwood was assessed as posing a high risk of re-offending.

Drugs offence

Lady Dorrian ordered that Kirkwood should serve his latest sentence consecutively to any current period of imprisonment. He was jailed in 2010 for a drugs offence.

Kirkwood had admitted earlier that he had assaulted Mr Hanlon in August 2010, while acting with others, to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Kirkwood's defence counsel Tony Graham told the court that drill had been used as "an improvised weapon", and that Kirkwood had acted "in rage".

Two other men charged with assaulting Mr Hanlon had their not guilty pleas accepted earlier.

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