Man suffered two brain bleeds after friend knocked him out with single punch

Graeme Young, 37, attacked his friend after the pair got into a fight in Glasgow city centre in September 2021.

Man suffered two brain bleeds after Graeme Young knocked him out in Glasgow with single punch SNS Group

A man knocked his friend out with a single punch, causing two bleeds to his brain.

Graeme Young, 37, turned on his friend in Glasgow city centre on September 9 2021.

The pair had earlier got into an argument about a historical matter which Young turned violent.

Young was seen to push the man, kick him on the body before striking the knock-out blow.

The stricken victim fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement which rendered him unconscious.

He was later found to have sustained three facial fractures as well as the brain bleeds.

Young pled guilty on Thursday at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault to the man’s severe injury and danger of life.

Young, of Stewarton, East Ayrshire, was remanded in custody until his sentencing next month.

The court heard that two witnesses saw Young punch the man once around 10pm.

Prosecutor Sean Docherty said: “This caused [the victim] to fall to the ground and he struck his forehead on the pavement.”

The witnesses attended to the man who was seen to be breathing but unconscious.

He was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment where he received a CT scan.

Mr Docherty said: “He had three facial fractures and two small bleeds to the brain.

“He also had a cut above the left elbow.”

The man told officers that his attacker was “Graeme Young from Stewarton.”

CCTV was used to gather further information surrounding the assault.

Mr Docherty said: “Young pushed him to the body, kicked him to the leg and punched him on the face causing him to fall.”

Police later arrested Young after he was identified as being responsible.

Ross Yuill, defending, told the court: “[The victim] is his friend and were out for the evening together at a bar where drink was taken.

“There was a falling out because of historical issues caused due to the consumption of alcohol.

“This incident happened during an argument between them.

“My understanding is they have resolved their difficulties and are now on good terms.”

It was revealed that Young has three previous convictions for assault but had not spent time in custody.

Sheriff John McCormick said: “This took place in a main thoroughfare in Glasgow.

“It is an assault where he sustained three facial fractures and two small bleeds to the brain.

“Standing the gravity and your record for assault and the consequences to [the victim], I will defer for background reports but your status has changed.

“You have been convicted of an assault to danger of life and I will revoke your bail – you will be remanded in custody.”

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