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Ex-soldier Michael Haggerty jailed for Paul Sutherland car attack

A former soldier who drove a car at a man before assaulting him with a metal pole has been jailed for 21 months.

Michael Haggerty, 30, drove his Land Rover jeep at Paul Sutherland in Moodiesburn, North Lanarkshire, in May.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Haggerty and Mr Sutherland had been engaged in a feud in the months leading up to the incident.

Haggerty pleaded guilty to charges of driving dangerously, assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

Stress disorder

The court heard how Haggerty, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, lost control of his vehicle after seeing Mr Sutherland.

The former soldier's car mounted the pavement at the junction between Bridgeburn Drive and Glencairn Drive forcing Mr Sutherland to jump out of the way.

The vehicle came to a standstill after striking a post box - but Haggerty got out of the car and repeatedly struck Mr Sutherland with a metal pole.

Jailing him, judge Lord Jones told Haggerty that a custodial sentence was the only disposal available to him.

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