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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Horrific injuries of dad left fighting for life after attack by two brothers
Fighting for life: James Martin suffered horrific injuries
A dad was left fighting for life after being brutally attacked by two brothers in front of his teenage son.
James Martin, 38, suffered horrific injuries when he was set upon by Grant and Graham Murray.
Mr Martin's wife Laurette, 38, posted the shocking images of her husband's injuries on Facebook after the attack in a bid to help catch the thugs,
the Daily Record reported
Grant Murray, 20, was found guilty of attempted murder after repeatedly kicking Mr Martin and stamping on him as he lay motionless on the ground.
His victim’s jaw was split in two by the force of the blows, a court heard.
Convicted: Graham Murray was found guilty of assault
The vicious thug’s brother Graham, 30, was convicted of assaulting James by punching him on the head and causing him to fall to the ground.
The sickening attack happened on February 1 as Mr Martin and his son Jordan walked home in Newarthill, Lanarkshire.
Jordan, 18, told the High Court in Glasgow he had gone to collect his dad from a pub, where the Rangers fan had been watching his team lose to Celtic in the first Old Firm game for three years.
On the way there, he bought crisps and dips at a local shop.
As the pair walked down a lane off High Street at around 10.30pm, Grant Murray approached them and asked Mr Martin for a cigarette.
When he gave him one, Graham Murray came over and said, “Don’t touch him”, and punched Mr Martin to the ground.
His brother then carried out the assault as the dad lay unresponsive on the ground.
Jordan told the court: “My dad was seriously hurt. He was lying on the ground. He wasn’t moving.”
The teenager called 999 and then flagged down a passing car. It happened to be his aunt Pamela Hughes, who gave Mr Martin first aid until an ambulance arrived.
As Ms Hughes tended her brother, Grant Murray shouted at her: “It was me, it was me. What are you going to do?”
The violent assault was captured on CCTV and the footage was shown to the jury.
Guilty: Grant Murray was convicted of attempted murder
But throughout the trial, Grant Murray denied attempting to murder Mr Martin and denied that he had stamped on his head – although he admitted stamping on his back and kicking him.
In evidence, he told the court he deserved to be punished, adding: “My actions were reckless and uncalled for.”
He was also found guilty of assaulting Jordan by punching him on the head and body and pursuing him.
The brothers claimed the assaults were sparked by Jordan hitting them with a shopping bag containing crisps and dips, but the teenager denied this.
Judge Johanna Johnston QC deferred sentence on the pair until next month.
She told Grant Murray: “At the forefront of my mind is a significant custodial sentence.
November 11, 2015
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