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Man jailed over attempted murder at Denny taxi rank

A man who asked for help burying his victim after an attempted murder at a taxi rank has been jailed for more than seven years.

Gregor Thomson kicked, stamped and jumped on Desmond McCart's head in Denny on 28 September.

Surgeons had to use 14 plates to reconstruct the face of the 56-year-old victim.

Thomson, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was jailed for seven years and three months.

The High Court in Edinburgh earlier heard how Thomson got into a row with Mr McCart as the older man tried to get into a taxi at Davies Row in the Stirlingshire town.

Unemployed Thomson knocked his victim to the ground with a punch before stamping and jumping on his head.

Mr McCart was left with fractures to his eye sockets, cheekbones, jaw and nose, and initially went into cardiac arrest. He now needs a team of carers to assist him with basic tasks such as standing up and walking.

Following the attack Thomson ran off shouting that he had "battered a guy", asking for help burying his victim.

During sentencing, the High Court in Glasgow heard that Thomson had a violent criminal record stretching back to when he was 13.

Jailing him, Lady Scott told Thomson he presented "a serious risk of harm to the public".

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