A Tranent man whose clothing was left splattered with blood following an unprovoked attack on another man has been jailed.
Scott McLean (23), 31 Robertson Drive, was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment at Haddington Sheriff Court last week.
He admitted assaulting Andrei Mikheev to his injury at Olivebank Retail Park, Musselburgh, on September 13, and committing the offence while on bail.
The court heard Mr Mikheev was at his premises around 8.45pm when he saw the accused and his partner Caley Moffat heading towards a locked gate.
When he asked what they were doing there, Ms Moffat approached and there was a verbal and physical “altercation”.
Depute Fiscal Mina Poppius said the accused became involved, striking Mr Mikheev on the head with a shoe and a bag, as a result of which blood from his wounds was splattered on McLean’s clothing.
Mr Mikheev was later treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a two-inch wound on his forehead.
Defence agent Angela Craig said McLean had only been trying to help his partner, but accepted that he went beyond what was justified. She insisted that the couple had not set out looking for trouble and were just going out for a meal together.
Asking the court to consider imposing a community payback order on her client, she added: “He is a family man and someone who has generally kept out of trouble in recent years and he is intent on doing that in future.”
But Sheriff Braid said it was an unprovoked attack on someone who was on his own property.
Given the nature of his injuries, and the fact that McLean was the subject of bail conditions which required him to be of good behaviour, he said he could see was no alternative to a custodial sentence.
The court heard Ms Moffat, a former co-accused, was no longer facing charges.
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