Midlothian Good Samaritan appeal rejected

Angus Gallagher in his hospital bed
Angus Gallagher in his hospital bed

A thug who savagely battered a Good Samaritan who went to his aid was spared an increased jail term after the court heard he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh last week rejected a Crown appeal brought against an 18-month prison sentence imposed on Brian Ramsay.

Ramsay (24), attacked teenager Angus Gallacher who had come across him lying on the ground at the Newtonloan Toll Shell garage.

Prosecutors decided to appeal against the sentence imposed on Ramsay by Sheriff Gordon Liddle at Edinbugh Sheriff Court after he admitted assaulting his victim to his severe injury and to the danger of life.

Advocate depute Ashley Edwards argued that the sheriff had failed to give sufficient weight to the seriousness of the offence and the protection of the public.

But the court also heard that Ramsay had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following a previous attack on him which left him hyper-vigilant and feeling threatened.

And a social work report said Ramsay had “considerable insight and empathy for the victim”.

Lord Eassie, who heard the appeal with Lady Smith and Lord Brodie, said: “Having considered all that was put before us we have come to the view that the sentence was not unduly lenient and therefore refuse the appeal brought by the Crown.”

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