A MAN attacked his estranged wife’s partner with a brick after being told his children were addressing the new man as “dad”.

Daniel Williamson, 37, was also told the family would move away together and he “lost all control” and turned up at a property in Cornock Street, Clydebank, struck the new partner with a brick and repeatedly punched him to the head to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court previously heard Williamson and his wife had been separated for two years and he had never previously met the new partner.

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The estranged wife had taken their three children away on a family break and returned on October 19 because Williamson had arranged to take them to a football match that evening.

Fiscal depute Sarah Healing said: “She took the children to a public house where they met the accused. The accused was standing outside and the children ran up to meet him.

“There was a conversation between the boys and the accused relating to the victim’s presence in the house.”

At that point Williamson headed in the direction of the house and his estranged wife followed.

The court was also told how the victim opened the common close door of the property and at that point the accused threw a brick at him, missing his head.

Ms Healing said: “The accused shouted: ‘Come out you fat p****’, before running at him and hitting him with another brick he was holding in his hand.”

At this stage Williamson’s estranged wife attempted to intervene and threw Williamson away from his victim.

Ms Healing said: “After successfully doing so, he [Williamson] picked up a brick and struck the victim on the back of the head.”

Moments later the accused broke free and walked away.

When detained Williamson told police: “I hold my hands up. I whacked him with a brick.”

First-time offender Williamson, of Sunnyside Place, Barrhead, returned to court last week for sentencing. His solicitor said the incident was “very much out of character”.

He said: “He was under the impression a reconciliation was on the cards, but his wife met a new partner and things appeared to be said about the children which seemed to anger him ... about children being asked to call the new gentleman ‘dad’ and that they were going to move away together.

“All that was relayed to him and it angered him and he attended the house where the children lived and he lost his temper.”

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said Williamson “lost all control of himself and used considerable violence towards a man”.

The defence solicitor admitted: “It’s a matter he very much regrets. It’s a matter he is very remorseful for. He spends most of his time working or with his children.

“He is involved in the community and in coaching a children’s football team. He has undertaken charity work. He appears to be a man who has positively contributed to society and plans to continue in the future.

“He is deamed to be at low risk for reoffending.”

Sheriff Hendry told Williamson the information he was told that day might have been “shocking” but the actions he took were unacceptable. He added: “If you use violence towards any person in the future, custody will be a consequence.”

Williamson was put under supervision by social workers for one year, must carry out 225 hours of unpaid work in the community within nine months. He was also ordered to pay his victim £1,000 in compensation.