A former cage fighter attacked a friend with a fork in an Indian restaurant, then “severely injured” him during a savage assault in his home hours later.
Craig Dick, who competed in mixed martial arts and boxing, had been out with victim Rhys Agley on Monday January 7 this year when the pair decided to go for a meal.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday that Dick turned violent in the Nazma Tandoori restaurant, on Aberdeen’s Bridge Street, following a disagreement.
He struck with dinner guest on the hand with a fork, leaving a wound that required medical attention.
Depute Fiscal Colin Neilson told the court that matters did not end there, however, as Dick appeared at Mr Agley’s home later that evening.
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He delivered a number of blows to his friends face and head and also kicked him in the legs, leaving him with an injury that required him to wear a “moon boot” for weeks.
Mr Neilson, said: “Mr Agley knew the accused as he had been friends with his father.
“They went to Nazma Tandoori and ordered food and drink.
“The accused became agitated during the meal and Mr Agley told him ‘your dad would not treat me like this’.”
The court heard that Dick then struck the other man in the hand with a fork – leaving a cut “which required medical treatment”.
Mr Agley returned home to his property on Walker Road in Torry, but was soon visited there by the accused.
Mr Neilson added: “Dick was heavily under the influence and behaving in an erratic manner.
“He approached Mr Agley and punched him twice, causing cuts to his head and face.
“The accused then kicked the complainer to the lower part of his right leg and threatened to kill him.”
Mr Agley, an offshore worker, was left with a fractured ankle and had to wear a moon boot to get around for weeks.
The injury causes him pain “to this day”, the court heard, and has affected his work routine.
Dick, who appeared on remand from HMP Perth, admitted charges of striking Mr Agley on the hand with a fork “to his injury” and “repeatedly punching” him on the head and kicking him on the body “to his severe injury”.
Defence agent, John Hardie, said there was a “complex background” involved and asked that social work reports be prepared prior to his client being sentenced.
Sheriff Morag McLaughlin agreed to defer sentence until the end of next month.
Dick was jailed in 2016 for taking part in a series of drug-fuelled assaults in Aberdeen, which left one man disfigured.
He was placed under supervision for three years after carrying out drunken assaults in two shops in 2017.