Hammer toss lands worker in court dock

Reilly threw a hammer which struck a man on the back of the head
Reilly threw a hammer which struck a man on the back of the head

A scaffolder lost the plot after a building site dispute and chucked a hammer at another worker’s head.

Francis Reilly (42) got into an argument with a bricklayer over the issue of some scaffolding which was lying on the ground of the building site.

After a short scuffle the bricklayer walked away, but Reilly picked up a hammer and threw it at him, striking the back of his head and causing a gash which required hospital treatment.

Reilly appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having previously pled guilty to the assault he committed on John Salmond at Walker Development Building Site, Cotland Drive, Bainsford on April 24, 2014.

Ann Orr, procurator fiscal depute, said: “On the date in question it was 1.30pm and the complainer was walking through the development site. As he was doing so he got into a conversation with the accused.

“It appears the conversation between the complainer and the accused deteriorated and there was some dispute over scaffolding which ended with the accused on the ground and the complainer holding him down.

“As the complainer walked off the accused picked up a hammer and threw it at the complainer, striking him on the back of the head. He was unsure of what struck him at first.

“Someone was heard to say ‘For f***s’s sake Frank what did you do that for?’. Police were called and the complainer was taken to hospital to have a four centimetre gash treated with glue.”

The court heard Reilly had not worked since the incident, but he now had an offer of employment.

Sheriff Linda Smith said: “It’s clear from the report you realise how foolish and reckless it was to carry out an assault on a colleague.”

Reilly, 266 Cumlodden Drive, Maryhill, received a community payback order with the condition he carry out 160 hours of unpaid work within six months.