Glasgow & West Scotland

Thomas Pollock left pitchfork in friend's head

A man who attacked a friend and left a pitchfork embedded in his head is to be detained in the State Hospital at Carstairs indefinitely.

Thomas Pollock, 49, was accused of attempting to murder 54-year-old Hugh Buckley at a house in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, in July last year.

A jury found him not guilty on the grounds that he was insane at the time.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Mr Buckley survived but was left brain-damaged and now lives in a care home.

During his trial, the court heard how Pollock inflicted a number of wounds on his victim with the pitchfork before leaving him for dead.

When he appeared for sentencing, the High Court in Edinburgh heard doctors concluded that he would be a risk to the public if not detained in the State Hospital.