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Scot Whyte jailed over Dundee school gate hammer attack

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption Whyte was jailed for a year following a hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court

A father-of-three who hit another man with a hammer in front of parents at a school gate in Dundee has been jailed.

Scott Whyte left victim Alan Brown with a fractured shoulder after the violent assault outside Ancrum Primary School.

Whyte went to the school armed with the tool to confront Mr Brown, who had acrimoniously split from Whyte's sister.

At the city's sheriff court, Whyte, 32, from Dundee, admitted assault to severe injury and was jailed for a year.

The court heard that Whyte had hidden the hammer up his sleeve, and approached Mr Brown at the school gates, where he was waiting to pick up his son.

Fiscal depute Susan Ruta said Whyte shouted at Mr Brown before hitting him with "full force" in the shoulder blade.

She said: "The complainer was in pain and backed off from the accused.

"There was further verbal exchange between them and the complainer stumbled back and fell.

"This was all witnessed by parents who were there to collect their children.

"One parent shouted at the accused regarding his behaviour as there were children about to leave the school."

Ms Ruta said Whyte apologised to parents and children for his behaviour.

She added: "One parent shouted 'that's ridiculous, there's no need to do this in front of the children'.

"The accused replied 'well he's been bullying my sister'."

'Full of regret'

Jim Caird, defending, said Whyte was a married father-of-three and was "full of regret" over the incident.

He added: "He took the hammer with the intent of threatening him but when Mr Brown became aggressive he reacted by using the hammer.

"He is entirely ashamed of his actions."

Sheriff Alasdair Brown jailed Whyte for a year.

Passing sentence, he said: "When someone has a weapon in a public place there's a risk of it being used.

"I've heard the background into your family situation which mitigates this somewhat.

"However, what happened in this case was entirely predictable."

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