An Angus attacker who battered a man as the victim’s 85-year-old grandmother tried to stop him has had extra jail time added to a three-year prison term he was given for threatening to stab another pensioner.
Douglas Wilson had gone his Forfar victim’s house in August 2019, where the 35-year-old was inside with his elderly grandparents.
Forfar Sheriff Court heard the man’s elderly grandmother answered the door.
He asked her grandson to come out and after initially appearing as if he was going to shake his hand, pulled him down a small flight of stairs onto the driveway of the house.
Depute fiscal Jill Drummond said: “He repeatedly punched him to the head and body and knocked him to the ground, before continuing the assault by punching him to the head.
“The 85-year-old lady shouted for help while trying to get him off.”
The court heard the victim suffered numerous superficial grazes but did not require medical treatment.
Wilson, of Glenmoy Terrace, Forfar also admitted a breach of the peace involving the same man, and twice failing to appear at court.
Defence solicitor Billy Rennie said his client was currently serving a three-year prison sentence imposed at Dundee Sheriff Court.
He told the court Wilson’s partner had previously been in a relationship with the victim.
“He has been out of trouble for the best part of four years. Drugs came to the fore again,” said Mr Rennie.
“He tells me that in some way the custody sentence had been a blessing because he has been able to take a lot of positive steps in prison.”
Sheriff Derek Reekie told Wilson: “This assault was made worse by it happening in front of an elderly grandmother”.
He jailed Wilson for 214 days, reduced from nine months. It will run consecutively to his current sentence for which the accused has an earliest release date of September next year.
That three-year-term was imposed after another Forfar incident in March this year in which jealous Nelson tried to stab an 87-year-old in the mistaken belief he was having a secret affair with his girlfriend.
Wilson lunged several times at the terrified OAP with the knife and was only fended off by the pensioner’s brave carer.
He then stormed into a random family’s home to try to hide from the police, scaring a child so much they fled and hid under a bed, before assaulting officers trying to arrest him.