A teenager left for dead after being repeatedly beaten by a man he tried to help said his ordeal would make him think twice about helping others.
Good Samaritan Angus Gallagher (18), was walking home from a night out with friends in Gorebridge when he saw Brian Ramsay lying on his back in the forecourt of the Shell petrol station at Newtonloan Toll.
The Newtongrange man helped Ramsay to his feet, took him to the shop to get some food and helped him across the road when the man suddenly turned on him, subjecting him to a brutal and sustained assault in the street before dragging him to a nearby house in St Andrews Way where he attacked him again.
Police were called by a neighbour and found Angus lying unconscious in the street. He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with 13 cranial fractures, three broken fingers, fractured ribs and a damaged ear drum after the October 26 attack. He also suffered such bad damage to his right eye that he had to have a titanium plate implanted behind his eyebrow.
Fighting back tears, Angus said: “He just turned on me. My mind went a bit blank and all I thought was ‘I should protect myself as much as I can’. He must have realised what he had done because he dragged me to his house to get me cleaned up.
“Then he hit me again in the garden and I have no recollection after that.”
The attack has left Angus scared to go out alone at night, and when he does he is always looking over his shoulder.
He said: “It has changed everything. You get all paranoid. I try to avoid going out on my own at night now.
“It would definitely make me think twice about helping somebody now.”
Ramsay (25), was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week after admitting the assault.
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