A Dundee cycle-rage thug who attacked a pensioner, leaving him with a fractured eye socket and cheekbone, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Graeme Brankin followed 72-year-old Keith Walker on his bike before brutally assaulting him in a row over right of way on the road.
Brankin, who has a string of previous convictions for violence, then left his victim lying on the ground and cycled off.
A trial heard Mr Walker was on his bike in the High Street when he heard shouting behind him.
The pensioner cycled off but later sensed someone behind him.
After another argument, Brankin struck the man in the face causing his legs to buckle and to fall from his bicycle.
The trial heard that Mr Walker has three metal plates in his face as a result of the attack.
In another assault, the trial heard Broughty Ferry man Alistair Bruce was hit by Brankin in a park and woke up later in hospital.
A witness to the assault said Brankin screamed at Mr Bruce before resting his bike and punching him in the face.
As he fell to the ground, Brankin hit his victim again twice.
Brankin, a prisoner at Perth, was found guilty of assaulting the pensioner by repeatedly striking him on the head, causing him to fall from his bicycle to the ground, to his severe injury between Greenmarket and Roseangle on September 2, 2013.
He was also found guilty of assaulting another male by repeatedly punching him on the head, knocking him to the ground, rendering him unconscious to his injury at the pavement entrance to Claypotts Park, Arbroath Road on August 9 last year.
Larry Flynn, defending, said: “He has been undergoing anger management courses in prison and is aware that these are matters that he requires to address.
“He accepts he didn’t deal with matters as he should have.”
Sheriff George Way jailed Brankin for a total of 30 months, and imposed a 12-month supervised release order meaning he will be monitored when he gets out of jail.
He said: “You say it wasn’t you who carried out the offences against Mr Walker but the jury found you guilty.
“It was a very serious assault on an elderly man which had very serious consequences. A custodial sentence is justly merited.”