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Flat attacker caught by dropped wallet jailed for four years

A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after his wallet was found in a flat where the householder had been savagely beaten during a break-in.

Jordan McNab, 21, and two others entered 48-year-old Ian Dickson's flat in East Kilbride on 20 November 2014.

Mr Dickson was subjected to a prolonged attack and would have died without medical help. Police later found McNab's dropped wallet in the flat.

He admitted a charge of assault to severe injury and danger of life.

'Despicable' attack

Jailing him at the High Court in Glasgow, judge John Morris QC told McNab: "This was an assault against a vulnerable individual in his own home where he was entitled to feel safe. Your action was despicable."

The court previously heard that McNab, along with two others, entered Mr Dickson's home through an unsecured window.

Mr Dickson was punched, kicked and hit with a baseball bat and a piece of wood over a period of 20 to 30 minutes.

Neighbours who heard a disturbance called the police shortly after 02:00.

When officers arrived they found both back windows ajar and Mr Dickson lying injured on the floor in the back bedroom.

Flat ransacked

The entire flat appeared to have been ransacked.

Mr Dickson was given first aid and taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital.

When police searched the flat they found a wallet containing bank cards and identification in the name of Jordan McNab.

McNab, from East Kilbride, was later detained and found to have Mr Dickson's blood on his clothing.

He was originally charged with attempted murder but his guilty plea to the lesser charge was accepted.

The motive for the break-in and attack is still not known.

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