Teens ambushed man in bookies leaving him scarred for life

Lee McDonald and Taylor Dorman attacked James Crummer at a Ladbrokes in Rutherglen in July 2019.

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Two teenagers who ambushed a man in a bookmakers leaving him scarred for life have been tagged. 

Lee McDonald and Taylor Dorman attacked James Crummer, 38, at a Ladbrokes in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, on July 20, 2019.

The pair, aged 19 and 18, punched him before striking his head with a weapon.

McDonald and Dorman left the stricken victim needing seven stitches, which resulted in permanent scarring.

McDonald and Dorman pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault to Mr Crummer’s severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC placed McDonald under supervision for 18 months while Dorman was given 12 months.

McDonald was ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and Dorman will carry out 120 hours.

The pair, of Rutherglen, were also tagged for six months and five months respectively.

The court heard the pair were among a group of youths standing outside an off licence in the area’s main street.

Prosecutor Amy Hunter said: “Mr Crummer was at the doorway of a Ladbrokes when he was punched on the head and body.

“Mr Crummer ran in the bookmakers and was pursued by the two attackers.

“They continued to punch him on the head and body and repeatedly struck him with an unknown implement.

“One of the attackers picked up a stool and threw it at Mr Crummer.”

The pair fled after a member of staff told them the police had been contacted.

Officers arrived to see Mr Crummer covered in blood and he was taken to hospital.

Ms Hunter added: “He needed three stitches to a wound on the right arm and four stitches to the head.

“This will result in permanent scarring.”

One of the wounds was also described as being “incised down to the bone”.

There was no recovery of the weapon.