Thug jailed for attack with bottle

A THUG on crutches, with two broken ankles, has been jailed for almost four years after bottling a man and leaving him for dead.

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Matthew Fraser brutally attacked Gavin Agnew in Linwood, Renfrewshire last September.

Fraser was able to pounce on his victim despite both his legs being in plaster.

The 25-year-old admitted assaulting Mr Agnew to his permanent disfigurement when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.

It emerged Fraser had only recently been freed early from jail having previously been convicted of blinding a man in a similar attack.

Passing a sentence of three years and nine months, judge Lord Turnbull told Fraser: "I accept you were not the instigator of the offence."

He added that Fraser "over-reacted" and "inflicted very serious injuries" and was on licence at the time for a similar offence.

The judge also ordered that Fraser is supervised for two years after his release from prison.

The court heard how Mr Agnew, 25, had been playing football last September 21 before going to a bar in Linwood with friends.

He was later in a chip shop in the area's Clippens Road when Fraser hobbled in.

Mr Agnew was aware of who Fraser was as his girlfriend had previously dated the accused.

Prosecutor Shanti Maguire told how Fraser had also been posting messages on Facebook about Mr Agnew.

Miss Maguire said Mr Agnew confronted him about this and Fraser "smirked" back.

Mr Agnew soon felt a "thud" on the head after being smacked with a broken bottle.

The victim slumped to the ground and Miss Maguire told the court: "He described feeling like his face was melting. He could feel a lot of blood running through his fingers."


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