Grangemouth thug left victim (73) lying on the ground bleeding

A 73-year-old man was left lying in a common close bleeding after being punched and repeatedly kicked while he was on the ground.

By Court Reporter
Friday, 8th January 2021, 3:09 pm

Christopher Anderson (38) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday having admitted the assault he committed in Sealock Court, Grangemouth on July 29 last year and behaving in a threatening manner at Bowhouse Newsagents, Bowhouse Square, Grangemouth on July 15, 2020.

Procurator fiscal depute Rachel Wallace said: “It was 3am and the witness within his home address when he heard the accused knocking on his kitchen window. The witness opened the front door and the accused shouted at him to ‘stop coming to my door’.

"The accused then punched the witness to the chest and kicked him on the left leg, which caused him to fall to the ground. He then began to kick him while he was on the ground, causing a cut to the witness’s arm.

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Anderson appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday having admitted the assault on the 73-year-old

“A neighbour heard the accused shouting and swearing and when he opened his front door he saw the witness standing in the close in a distressed state, with blood dripping from his left arm.

“Police were contacted and upon arrival they found the witness, still distressed. He had a three-and-a-half inch cut to his left arm, that he had cleaned and dressed himself, which did not require medical treatment.

“The accused was traced to his home address and arrested.”

Only a couple of weeks earlier Anderson had made his presence felt in Bowhouse Newsagents.

“It was 4.10pm,” said the procurator fiscal depute, “And the accused attended at the shop, asking for 20 cigarettes and some rolling tobacco. The witness got the items for the accused and asked him to pay for them.

“The accused said he only had £4 which was not sufficient to pay for the items. The shopkeeper told him he couldn’t give him the items as he couldn’t pay and the accused immediately became hostile.”

Anderson shouted racist abuse at the shopkeeper saying “youse are all the same”, before punching the shop’s cigarette display, causing it to fall to the floor and smash. Anderson then left the shop and police were called.

Sheriff Derek Livingston deferred sentence on Anderson, 110 Sealock Court, Grangemouth, until January 15 to obtain information regarding the cost of damage he caused in the shop.