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Man left brain damaged by teenagers murder bid in Glasgow

Two teenagers have admitted attempting to murder a man in an attack which left their victim severely brain damaged.

The pair, aged 15 and 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Ajani Tella outside his home in Springburn, Glasgow, on 1 August this year.

The 59-year-old Nigerian, who has lived in the UK for 16 years, was kicked and stamped on 20 times as he returned from a night-time vigil at a local church.

Both teenagers were remanded in custody and will be sentenced next year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Mr Tella was in the stairwell of his flats, in the city's Edgefauld Road, when the teenagers and a young girl came out.

Bottle thrown

The 15 year-old was drunk on cider at the time.

The court heard as they passed Mr Tella, the 16 year-old grabbed the man's hat before the 15-year-old launched a plastic bottle at him.

When Mr Tella yelled for help they both punched him on the head and body.

The court heard that the young girl failed in a bid to stop the attack and was "physically sick" at what was happening.

As a terrified Mr Tella tried to get away, the pair continued to batter him until he fell to the ground.

The attack was captured on nearby CCTV cameras and footage played in court showed Mr Tella lying motionless as the 15 year-old kicked him on the head two of three times.

The 16 year-old then kicked him before the 15 year-old kicked and stamped on his head a further 20 times.

The court heard that Mr Tella is likely to be severely disabled for the rest of his life and is unlikely to be able to live independently again.

The court also heard that Mr Tella's wife has been in hospital for several months - it was not revealed why - resulting in their teenage son being looked after by the local church.

Following the attack, both teenagers were later traced by police who found blood stains on their clothes.

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