South Scotland

Galashiels glass attack left mother scarred

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Image caption Wilkinson claimed in court that his mother had suffered the injury after falling downstairs

A man who left his mother permanently scarred in a glass attack has been jailed for 18 months.

Kevin Wilkinson, 35, hit her on the head with the glass during a drunken disturbance in Galashiels in November.

Catherine Wilkinson, 55, had to be treated at Borders General Hospital for the head wound and was left scarred.

Her son was found guilty after a four-day jury trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court of assaulting her to her severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Wilkinson claimed his mother had received the injury by falling downstairs while she said she could not recall what happened because she was drunk.

However, evidence was heard from paramedics who told how Mrs Wilkinson had pointed to the head wound while being treated at the scene and said: "He did this to me."

Wilkinson had previously pleaded guilty to a separate complaint of being in possession of a knife at Asda in Galashiels in January while the subject of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

Sheriff Donald Corke imposed an 18-month jail sentence for the attack on his mother and nine months for having an offensive weapon, to run concurrently.

The sentence was backdated to 20 January when Wilkinson was first taken into custody.

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