Glasgow & West Scotland

Man jailed over attack at Wemyss Bay station in Inverclyde

A man who knocked a stranger unconscious and then stamped on his head at a train station in Inverclyde has been jailed for six years.

Jamie Casement admitted punching Peter McLaren during an unprovoked attack at Wemyss Bay Station on 21 January.

As the 33-year-old lay motionless on the ground, Casement stamped down on his face, fracturing his victim's jaw.

Casement, 22, who has two previous convictions for violence, was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow.

Passing sentence, judge Lord Bannatyne told him: "This was an entirely unprovoked attack on a wholly innocent victim."

CCTV footage

He ordered Casement to be monitored in the community for five years after his release from jail.

Casement admitted punching and stamping on Mr McLaren's head on the station concourse. The attack was captured on CCTV.

The court heard that Casement launched the violent attack after the woman he was with chatted briefly to Mr McLaren and asked for a cigarette.

Casement then launched his attack without warning before boarding a train with the woman.

Mr McLaren lay unconscious for about five minutes until a ScotRail worker finally approached and managed to rouse him.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for injuries, which included a fractured jaw.

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