Fife thug jailed for breaking man’s jaw at party



A violent thug has been jailed for four years after a sustained attack at a house party which left his victim with a broken jaw.

Lee McLauchlan (25), now a prisoner at Perth was living in Buckhaven at the time, when he turned up uninvited at the party.

More than a month after the vicious assault, McLauchlan phoned police asking for their help as a crowd of people were surrounding his home.

McLauchlan appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on 18th January at Factory Road, Buckhaven, he assaulted a man by punching him on the head whereby he fell to the ground, stood over him with one foot on his chest, repeatedly punched and kicked him on the head and body, all to his severe injury.

He also admitted that on 25th February at Levenmouth police station, Methil, he was in possession of a lock knife.

Depute fiscal Claire Bremner said, “At 7pm on 17th January the complainer was at the home of his friend.

“They and others spent the night drinking and listening to music. They ordered a take-away and when they heard the door they thought it was being delivered.”

However, it was McLauchlan who had knocked the door and as he knew the householder he was invited inside.

One of those present had given a statement about McLauchlan to police previously but there were no problems initially.

Later, at around 3.30am, by which time this person had gone to bed, McLauchlan became involved with an argument about him with the householder and the victim.

“He punched the complainer to the face, striking his right eye and causing him to fall to the ground,” said the depute.

“The accused stood with one foot on his chest pinning him to the ground. He then began to repeatedly punch him to the head and body and repeatedly kicking him to the head and body.

“The complainer briefly lost consciousness as a result of the attack.

“All the witnesses were extremely frightened at what they had seen but managed to usher him from the property.

“Police and ambulance attended. When they arrived they found the complainer was conscious. His face was swollen, he was bleeding profusely, he was frightened and crying after what had happened.

“He was taken to hospital where it was found he had a broken jaw.

“On 25th February the accused contacted Police Scotland and said he was aware they were looking for him but that he needed police assistance as there were people outside his property.

“He was arrested and taken to Levenmouth police station and when he was searched he was found to have a lock knife.”

Defence solicitor Martin McGuire said his client had been on a supervised release order which had now been breached.

Sheriff Craig McSherry jailed McLauchlan for four years backdated to 27th February when he was taken into custody.

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