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Andris Feldmanis jailed for attack on Donna Gray in Shawlands

A seller of bootleg alcohol has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for throttling one of his customers.

Latvian national Andris Feldmanis, 24, admitted attacking 43-year-old Donna Gray at her home in Glasgow in March.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Mrs Gray was attacked after she told Feldmanis and a friend to leave her home following a drinking session.

Feldmanis had his plea to assault to danger of life accepted after being accused of attempted murder.

Jailing him, judge Lord Jones told Feldmanis: "You have pleaded guilty to a savage assault on a defenceless woman.

"The victim was a stranger to you. The attack took place in her own home and it was wholly unprovoked."

'Unprovoked attack'

The court heard that Mrs Gray had been introduced to Feldmanis in a nearby pub and told that he sold cheap alcohol.

She bought five bottles of Jack Daniels whisky and a bottle of Courvoisier brandy for £45, and placed a further order for her son's 21st birthday party later that month.

Mrs Gray returned to her home alone as her husband was working on an oil-rig and her son was out with his girlfriend.

She later answered her doorbell to find Feldmanis and another man.

She invited them in as she thought they had more alcohol for her to purchase.

Snorting cocaine

The court was told that all three sat in the kitchen drinking brandy and snorting cocaine until Mrs Gray told the men to leave because she wanted to go to bed.

At this point Mrs Gray became aware of a cable or wire being pulled tight around her neck after which she passed out.

She later regained consciousness and put herself to bed after finding Feldmanis had left the house.

Mrs Gray was found in the early hours of the morning when her son returned home.

Doctors found her jaw was broken, her face was bruised and she had ligature marks on her neck.

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