Glasgow & West Scotland

George Frearson jailed for blinding John Sharkey

A man who blinded a neighbour in one eye with a broken bottle following a complaint he made about children has been jailed for six years.

George Frearson, 57, was convicted of assaulting 64-year-old John Sharkey after luring him from his home in Glasgow's Drumoyne area in March.

Mr Sharkey had complained he was being pestered by a Frearson family member who knocked his door and ran away.

Judge Lord Doherty told Frearson that a prison term was inevitable.

During his trial at the High Court in Glasgow, the jury heard how Frearson lay in wait for his victim while an object was thrown at Mr Sharkey's front door in a bid to lure him out of his house.

When Mr Sharkey went out to investigate he was attacked by Frearson and an unknown accomplice who struck the victim over the head with a metal pole.

Frearson, who has a previous conviction for assault, then jammed the broken bottle into Mr Sharkey's eye.

'No option'

During the trial, Mr Sharkey said: "The first thing was we heard a loud bang at the front door. It was so loud that the dog even jumped up and ran away.

"I walked up the street and Frearson was hiding in a bush. I walked along and bang, after that I'm bleeding. I can't see.

"I'm now blind in my left eye and I'll be like this for the rest of my life.

"It's a living hell. It's a nightmare. Doctors say I might have to have the eye removed."

Passing sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Doherty said he had no other option but to send Frearson to prison.

He said: "A custodial sentence must apply. You have been found guilty of assaulting a man to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment."

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