Glasgow & West Scotland

Steven McCreadie and James Murray face jail over attack

Two men are facing "substantial" jail terms over an unprovoked street attack which left their victim in a brain rehabilitation unit for two months.

Steven McCreadie, 21, and James Murray, 20, admitted attacking 41-year-old Gordon Rutherford in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, last March.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how they chased Mr Rutherford before leaving him bloodied and unconscious.

Sentence was deferred until 9 February at the High Court in Livingston.

The court heard how McCreadie and Murray had left a birthday party in Cambuslang in the early hours of 27 March.

Speech therapy

Mr Rutherford was with two friends in the town's Main Street when they became aware of being chased.

Mr Rutherford was eventually left isolated. Murray caught up with and hit his victim, causing him to fall to the ground.

McCreadie then stamped on Mr Rutherford four times.

He spent two weeks in intensive care and a further two months in a rehabilitation unit, where he required treatment including speech therapy.

Judge Lady Stacey allowed the pair, from Cambuslang, to remain on bail - but warned the first offenders that they face "substantial" jail-terms when they return to the dock next month.

She told them: "What you did was dreadful. You may have some explanation for what happened, but there can be no reason for attacking a man in the street and inflicting the injuries that you did."

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