A father-to-be has been locked up for a “sadistic” and “barbaric” hammer attack on another man.
Jamie Davidson, a prisoner at HMP Grampian, left David Bruce with permanent facial injuries after repeatedly hitting him on the head with a hammer and then kicking him in the face.
The 22-year-old appeared at the city’s sheriff court yesterday after admitting assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement to the danger of life and possessing an offensive weapon on Urquhart Road on June 1.
Sentence had been deferred to allow background reports to be prepared.
Defence agent Tony Burgess said Davidson was aware that the violent nature of the offence as well his lengthy criminal record meant prison was inevitable.
He said that this would mean he would miss out on the birth of his daughter and some of her early years.
Mr Ferry said Davidson understood the impact of his attack, both on his victim and also those who witnessed it.
But he also said that his client was in a situation where he felt if he did not act first he would have been attacked in a similar manner.
Sheriff William Summers said Davidson had admitted carrying out an “appalling” assault.
He said that the attack had been “appalling, callous, sadistic” and “barbaric in the way it was executed”.
“You hit your victim in the head with a hammer and then hit him again three or four times while he was on the ground, before you kicked him in the face,” he added.
“You left him with multiple lacerations, broken bones around the face and eyes and permanently disfigured.”
The sheriff jailed him for four years and four months.
He also said that he would be released on license for two years which means if he commits any further crimes he could be returned to jail.