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Former Dundee Court guard faces jail over hammer attack

Daniel Irvine
Image caption Daniel Irvine admitted sending abusive texts and assaulting a woman

A former court security guard faces jail after he admitted attacking a woman with a hammer and sending another a series of threatening text messages.

Daniel Irvine, a former guard at Dundee Sheriff Court, appeared at the court he once protected to admit the charges.

The 53-year old pleaded guilty to sending messages of a "threatening and abusive manner" to Helena Irvine and to attacking Louise Knight.

Sheriff Alistair Duff deferred sentence until November.

The court was told Irvine began sending the abusive messages to Ms Irvine in January 2011. They continued for almost eight months, ending on 20 August last year.

Violent attack

Then on 31 October last year Irvine launched an attack on Louise Knight at a flat in Dundee's Eden Street.

He struck her on the head with a hammer, leaving her injured and with permanent scars.

Fiscal depute Susan Ruta said a full narrative of the background to the case would be heard at a later date.

Irvine, from Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of assault to injury and permanent disfigurement and of breaching the Communications Act.

His solicitor, Ann Johnston, told the court Irvine admitted the charges. She said she would reserve her plea in mitigation until a later sentencing date.

Sheriff Alistair Duff deferred sentence on Irvine until November for social work background reports and Irvine was released on bail.

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