South Scotland

Dumfries man kicked neighbour in the face 10 times

Alan White
Image caption Alan White was jailed for more than three years for the attack

A man who attacked and robbed his neighbour as he made his way home after a night out has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Alan White, 35, from Dumfries, kicked chef Neil Smith, 33, in the face 10 times and stole his wallet.

He admitted carrying out the attack in the town's Friars Vennel in the early hours of 16 October last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the incident was captured by a CCTV operator who informed the police.

At the time of the attack the men had been neighbours for six years.

Sentencing White, Judge Lady Clark told him the CCTV footage of the incident was "not a happy sight".

She added: "The victim in this case was fortunate not to end up much more seriously injured and that's no thanks to you."

Prosecutor Hugh Irwin told the court that Mr Smith had been drinking in the White Hart pub when he started to make his way home at about 0430 BST.

He said he was approached by White who grabbed him, overpowered him and caused him to fall to the ground where he kicked him repeatedly.

CCTV then showed the attacker rummaging about in Mr Smith's pockets before kicking him once more in the face.

The court was told White later claimed he could not remember what had happened because he was drunk.

Mr Smith was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was treated for cuts and bruising to his head and face and a broken nose.

Solicitor advocate Richard Goddard, representing White, told the court his client's behaviour was unacceptable in a public street.

He added: "The complainer is well known to Mr White, they had been neighbours for a number of years.

"Mr White never intended to go out that night and attack anyone, let alone Mr Smith, his neighbour."

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