Galashiels man jailed for assault to injury

A drunken man, said to have an “appalling record for violence”, was jailed for eight months at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

Forty-nine-year-old John Davidson, of Scott Street, Galashiels, appeared from custody and admitted assaulting a man by repeatedly punching him to the head to his injury at a house at Langlee Road, Galashiels, on July 4.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said Davidson had a lengthy list of previous convictions and 10 weeks of outstanding custodial sentence.

He said the victim of the assault was the current partner of the accused’s ex-wife’s daughter.

The 35-year-old had been with his girlfriend at the house, visiting her mother, at around 3pm last Friday. Davidson, who remains friends with his former wife, was also at the house.

“Drink had been taken,” explained Mr Fraser.

In the early hours of the morning, around 2am, the victim came out of the toilet to be confronted by the accused in the hallway.

Davidson told the man: “You can go home to your own address now.”

The man said he wasn’t going to leave his girlfriend behind, but the accused punched him and continued to punch him while he was on the floor.

Mr Fraser said the two women had to intervene and they all then went into the livingroom and sat down.

“A neighbour was disturbed by the noise and the police were called,” continued Mr Fraser.

The victim was taken to Borders General Hospital, suffering from two black eyes, swelling to his cheek and to his nose, but was found to have no fractures.

Iain Burke, defending, said his client often drank with his former wife.

The solicitor said Davidson claimed the man had been belligerent throughout the evening, and by the early hours of the morning the accused “had had enough of him, and confronted him in the hallway and told him to go home”.

Mr Burke added: “He refutes that he punched him 10 times, although it was more than once.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson sentenced Davidson to eight months’ imprisonment.

“You have an appalling record for violence, and seem quite unable to control yourself,” the sheriff told the accused, whose former wife was sitting in the public gallery of the courtroom.