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Three men in court over North Lanarkshire drill attack

James Hanlon
Image caption James Hanlon suffered head injuries in the attack

Three men have appeared in court charged with a power drill attack on a 26-year-old man in North Lanarkshire.

Robert Kirkwood, 26, Charles McCormack, 28, and Michael McCormick, 22, are accused of assaulting James Hanlon to his severe injury in Stepps.

At the High Court in Glasgow, lawyers acting for the trio entered not guilty pleas to the charges, which are alleged to have happened in August 2010.

Judge Lady Smith adjourned the case until next month.

The offence is alleged to have occurred in Cumbernauld Road and Lowland Court, both Stepps, on 22 August.

Severe injury

It is claimed a vehicle was driven into a car that contained Mr Hanlon and another man, Christopher Milligan.

The car was then allegedly hit with a drill before it is said Mr Hanlon was dragged out onto the ground.

The accused allegedly punched and kicked him before he was repeatedly struck with the tool on the head and body.

It is claimed this was to Mr Hanlon's severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

The accused are said to have previously "evinced malice and ill will" towards him.

Mr McCormick also faces a charge of dangerous driving and an allegation that he reset a car used in the attack.

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