Three men have been jailed for a total of nearly 30 years after attempting to murder a man in a brutal axe attack.
Brandon Wilson, 22, Brandon Douglas, 18, and Martin Gemmell, 28, were last month convicted of breaking into Allan Roy’s home and launching an assault which left him “severely injured and permanently disfigured” before stealing a games console and two mobile phones.
During a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen, the jury heard Mr Roy now walks with crutches and needs a hip replacement.
He told officers he was chased through his house by the masked attackers, who broke down the bathroom door with an axe when he tried to hide.
Wilson and Gemmell also broke into Scott Thomson’s home in Boddam on the same day and attacked him with knives.
The trio appeared at the High Court in Glasgow for sentence.
Wilson – who has a “lengthy” record – was jailed for seven years while Gemmell was given a 10-year sentence.
Douglas – who has previous convictions for assault to injury using a stun gun and metal bar – was locked up for 10 years and three months.
Prosecutors earlier told the trial the trio “did not care if Mr Roy lived or died”.
Advocate depute Alan Cameron, prosecuting, said: “They could have easily killed him and were wickedly reckless.”
Following their convictions, judge Lord Mulholland praised jurors for their work during the “emotional” trial.
He said: “Invading someone’s home, assaulting them, robbing them and attempting to murder them is a very serious matter.
“This must have been very emotional for the people affected. I hope you can go on with your lives and put this out of your minds.”