Glasgow & West Scotland

Martin Hackett jailed for hitting girl, nine, with Buckfast bottle

A man who attacked a nine-year-old girl with a Buckfast bottle in Glasgow, leaving her scarred for life, has been jailed for four and a half years.

Martin Hackett, 26, grabbed the schoolgirl by the hair, dragged her into bushes and repeatedly hit her with the bottle.

His victim gave evidence via video link at a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Passing sentence Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell said it was a "very serious crime indeed".

Hackett was found guilty of assaulting the now 10-year-old to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life, on 22 June 2012.

He was also found guilty of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on 24 August 2012 at a flat in Inverness Street, Glasgow.

Community supervision

During the trial the jury was shown CCTV footage of Hackett, near where the attack happened, drinking from a Buckfast bottle.

The court heard the girl had been returning from shopping at Asda in Govan, a short distance from her home, when she was dragged to bushes and viciously assaulted by Hackett.

The girl told the court: "I got dragged along then I just felt a bottle repeatedly hit me, not just a couple of times I would say about 10 times."

Asked how she felt after her attacker fled, she said: "Relieved it wasn't going to continue, I thought I was going to die."

Hackett will be supervised in the community for two years after his release.

Solicitor advocate Brian Fitzpatrick defending Hackett said his client recognised he will "need to leave the area" on his release from jail.

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