Glasgow & West Scotland

Gary Strachan faces jail for attack on John McFarlane

A man is facing a prison sentence over an apparently motiveless bottle attack on another man in Glasgow.

Gary Strachan, 27, admitted assaulting 35-year-old John McFarlane to the danger of his life in Meadowpark Street, Dennistoun, on 1 December 2013.

The victim was walking home alone after celebrating his birthday when McFarlane repeatedly hit him with the bottle.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Turnbull remanded Strachan in custody and deferred sentence.

CCTV footage played in court showed him out at the same time as Mr McFarlane with a friend who was walking a dog.

Police appeal

Strachan, from Dennistoun, was seen running across to Mr McFarlane and lashing out with a Buckfast bottle.

His friend eventually pulled him away before the blood-soaked victim tried to get help.

Police near the scene stopped and Mr McFarlane was rushed to hospital suffering from a life-threatening head injury.

Strachan handed himself into police on 30 December following a media appeal to catch the attacker.

The court was told Mr McFarlane has been left terrified he would be attacked again and has been unable to return to his job as a plumber.

Strachan's lawyer Dale Hughes said: "He has told me that he is thoroughly ashamed and wishes to publicly apologise for his behaviour that night."

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