Glasgow & West Scotland

Franklin Dorans jailed for hammer attack on uncle Brian Rodgers

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption The case was heard at the High Court in Glasgow

A man who admitted battering his uncle with a hammer after being refused entry to his home in Renfrewshire has been jailed for six years and three months.

Franklin Dorans, 33, attacked 49-year-old Brian Rodgers at his flat in Linwood in January.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the victim, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, now requires round-the-clock care following the incident.

Dorans will be monitored for two years and nine months after his release.

During a previous hearing, the court heard how the victim, who used a frame to walk, was at home on 27 January when he heard a knock at the door.

Knocked unconscious

When Mr Rodgers answered, Dorans demanded money and access to the flat.

Mr Rogers refused and it was then his nephew produced a hammer and struck him nine times.

The 49-year-old was knocked unconscious before Dorans fled with his bank cards and keys.

Mr Rogers' carers visited him that afternoon and were concerned when they could not get a reply.

Police were called and they forced entry to the property allowing Mr Rogers to be taken to hospital.

He was found to have several fractures to his skull as well as a broken wrist and thumb.

Police initially spoke to Dorans, from Linwood, the day after the attack and his trainers and clothes were taken to be forensically examined.

However, he denied being involved or having visited his uncle.

On 3 February - having travelled to England - Dorans told staff at a medical centre in Peckham, London, he thought he had "killed" Mr Rogers.

He added he had hit the victim over the head with a hammer.

The court heard that police took no action at that time.

Stolen cash

Police were informed days later that Mr Rogers' blood was found on the items seized from his nephew.

Dorans was finally arrested after he was found to be in a hospital back in Scotland.

It was also discovered he had stolen £300 from Mr Rogers' bank account and bought £57 worth of goods from a local Co-Op store after the attack.

The court was told Mr Rogers now needed 24-hour help having previously been able to carry out some domestic tasks on his own.

Dorans admitted assaulting Mr Rodgers to the danger of his life.

Jailing him, judge Judge Lord Bannatyne told Dorans: "You are a material danger to the public.

"You used a vicious weapon and caused serious injuries and a very significant effect on the standard of life of your victim."

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