Glasgow & West Scotland

Martin Hackett hit girl, nine, with Buckfast bottle

A 26-year-old man has been convicted of attacking a nine-year-old girl with a Buckfast bottle in Glasgow, leaving her scarred for life.

Martin Hackett grabbed the schoolgirl by the hair from behind before repeatedly hitting her with the bottle on 22 June 2012 in the Govan area.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the girl thought she was going to die during the attack and was left bleeding heavily.

Sentence on Hackett was deferred for background reports.

Following a trial, the 26-year-old was found guilty of assaulting the now 10-year-old girl to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life.

Not proven

He was also found guilty of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on 24 August at a flat at Inverness Street, Glasgow.

The jury returned a not proven verdict to a charge of assault on his ex-girlfriend, Zoe Francis, on the same date.

Hackett pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and lodged a special defence of alibi on the first charge, claiming he was at home when the child was attacked.

He admitted breaching bail conditions by being at the flat in August.

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