Tayside and Central Scotland

Ex-inmates who attacked former prison warder jailed

Two former inmates who beat an ex-prison officer in his own home in Perth and Kinross have been jailed.

Kenneth Douglas and Jason Sturrock attacked William Brown and left him unconscious with a punctured lung at his flat in Alyth last December.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie said: "This was a vicious and depraved attack in a quiet community on a man in his own home."

Douglas was jailed for two years, while Sturrock was jailed for 17 months.

Perth Sheriff Court heard Douglas co-ordinated the attack on Mr Brown after discovering he was living in the same street.

Broken rib

Mr Brown was left with his face and torso battered and bruised and had his lung punctured by a broken rib.

The attack was planned through a series of text messages and efforts were made to establish exactly which flat was occupied by Mr Brown.

The two men burst into Mr Browns flat in the early hours of the morning and beat him in his living room.

Mr Brown was taken to hospital and after initially declining treatment began coughing up blood and was found to have the collapsed lung.

Douglas, of Commercial Street, and Sturrock, of Morrison Terrace, both Alyth, admitted severely injuring Mr Brown by entering his home and repeatedly punching him.

Sheriff McCreadie said: "The injuries could have had significant repercussions."

The court was told that both accused, who have convictions for violent offences, had spent time in prison in the past.