South Scotland

Galashiels takeaway attacker jailed

A man who attacked a teenager outside a takeaway and broke his jaw has been jailed at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Michael Hartley, 22, admitted carrying out the assault in Channel Street, Galashiels, on 24 July last year.

The court heard his victim required surgery due to his injuries.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond told Hartley it was "simply drunken violence" against a member of the public he had never met and jailed him for eight months.

The court heard how there had been a verbal disagreement between the pair during the early hours of the morning but they parted company.

However, after the teenager had gone to a takeaway, Hartley, of Galashiels, approached him and asked him: "What's your problem mate?"

When the teenager did not respond Hartley punched him on the head which caused him to fall to the ground.

He then ran up and kicked him on the head.

The victim had two fractures to his lower jaw which required surgery, a cut head and had bitten his own tongue during the assault.

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