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Steven McCreadie jailed for head stamp attack on Gordon Rutherford

A man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years over an unprovoked street attack which left his victim in a brain rehabilitation unit for two months.

Steven McCreadie, 21, admitted stamping on 41-year-old Gordon Rutherford's head four times as he lay unconscious on the ground in Cambuslang last March.

Co-accused James Murray, 20, was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work under a community payback order.

He admitted knocking Mr Rutherford to the ground and kicking him on the body.

The High Court in Livingston heard how McCreadie and Murray had left a birthday party in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, in the early hours of 27 March.

Victim chased

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.

Passing sentence on the pair, judge Lady Stacey said they were lucky that their victim had not died.

She told McCreadie: "I understand you have no explanation for what you did.

"But you don't need me to tell you that stamping four times on a man's head when he was lying on the ground, causing him to be unconscious and end up in intensive care, is an extremely serious thing to do."

Turning to Murray, she said: "In your case I take the view that what you require is to be reminded very frequently of the serious nature of this assault."

She said he had to do the unpaid work in his own time so he could finish his apprenticeship as an electrician.

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