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Glasgow attackers gave thumbs-up sign after sentencing

Christopher Spence
Image caption Spence had been released from detention just months before the attack on Jay Potter

Two men who left an epileptic boy for dead in a brutal attack in Glasgow gave thumbs-up signs to family and friends after being jailed for five years each.

Christopher Spence, 20, and Sean Duff, 19, punched Jay Potter and kicked him as he lay on the ground in May 2008. Duff also hit him with a golf club.

Robert Lappin, 20, was jailed for three years for hitting Mr Potter's aunt with a hammer as she tried to intervene.

The trio were heard saying "easy days" as they were led away to jail.

Jay Potter was targeted as he walked with his aunt, Tracey Potter, hours after he had suffered a seizure.

Prosecutor Jonathan Brodie QC told the court doctors feared for his life after the unprovoked assault, which happened in the Easterhouse area of the city.

Promising footballer

Spence - who, along with Duff, admitted assaulting the teenager to the danger of his life - had only been let out of detention the previous January after being locked up for kicking stabbing victim Stuart Baillie, 19, as he lay dying in the street in August 2007.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lady Stacey told the pair: "This was a concerted attack... and it is no thanks to you that the consequences were not more serious."

She told Lappin, who also pled guilty: "You went out that night armed with a hammer and were prepared to use it on a woman protecting her nephew."

Solicitor advocate Des Finnieston, representing Duff, told the court he regretted what he had done and said he had been a promising footballer who had played for Celtic Boys Club and Motherwell Boys Club.

Solicitor advocate Billy Lavelle, representing Spence, said: "He regrets what happened and I would emphasise he had no weapon with him that night."

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