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Torturer James Faulds given lifelong restriction order

A man has been jailed for life for torturing a vulnerable young man with learning difficulties over a £60 debt.

James Faulds admitted attacking Andrew Allan at his flat in Ayr last October.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Faulds, and accomplice Steven McIlroy, 28, blindfolded Mr Allan, hit him with a knife and held his head underwater.

Judge Lord Bracadale imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Faulds, 21, and jailed him for a minimum of three years and eight months.

'Drown him'

McIlroy was previously jailed for eight years for his part in the attack.

The court earlier heard how Mr Allan was attacked as it was claimed he owed McIlroy cash because he had stayed at his home months earlier.

Mr Allan said he was set upon at his home in Church Road, Ayr, when he told the pair he had no money.

The victim added: "They were laughing and McIlroy said to Faulds: 'Drown him'."

McIlroy, of Irvine, North Ayrshire, was jailed last month after being convicted of assaulting Mr Allan.

Lord Bracadale said it was clear "violence was important" to Faulds, who has a lengthy criminal past.

He was jailed in 2009 after he bludgeoned a deer to death with a boulder at a children's petting zoo. He also has another previous conviction for assault.

Lord Bracadale told Faulds that he had been an "enforcer" for the "terrifying" attack on Mr Allan.

The judge added: "The reports I have read make very disturbing reading. It is clear from these that violence is very important to you.

"You could be detained for the rest of your life. You can eventually apply for parole, but that does not mean you will be released."

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