Man jailed for vicious attack

High Court, Edinburgh
High Court, Edinburgh

A man who left another man fighting for his life after a violent pub brawl has been jailed for eight years.

William White (30) attacked Ronald Ward at the Wellesley Inn in Methil on January 27.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the violent thug repeatedly punched Mr Ward on the head moments before knocking him to the ground. He then repeatedly kicked and stamped on his head, leaving him unconscious.

White, a prisoner of HMP Perth, failed to call for medical help and left Mr Ward permanently disfigured.

On Friday, judge Lady Scott told White she was going to send him to prison. She added: “Your victim sustained numerous fractures to the base of his skull, face and eye sockets. This was a prolonged and very violent attack causing severe injuries.”

Following a week-long trial in October, a jury took three hours to return an unanimous guilty verdict to an attempted murder charge. Sentence was deferred for reports on White’s character.

Following conviction, prosecution lawyer Mark McGuire told the court that White, a member of the travelling community, had three previous convictions for minor offences, all of which resulted in financial penalties.

On Friday, defence solicitor advocate Gordon Martin said White had been born into a travelling family.

He had been drinking excessively on the night of the assault and realised he was facing a substantial prison sentence.

Mr Martin added: “He thinks he might benefit from some help in connection with anger management. That would be something he would address in any prison sentence.”

Passing sentence, Lady Scott ordered White to be supervised by the authorities for three years following his release from jail.

She said he had suddenly and for no reason viciously attacked his victim, while giving no explanation and refusing to co-operate with the background report.