Building firm boss jailed as man left brain damaged

Hendry was caged at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday after being found guilty of attacking two brothers. Picture: Ian MacNicol
Hendry was caged at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday after being found guilty of attacking two brothers. Picture: Ian MacNicol
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A BUILDING firm boss was jailed for four years after brutally assaulting a man at a family party, leaving him brain damaged.

Adam Hendry was convicted of attacking apprentice joiner Anthony Smith, who spent weeks in intensive care recovering from life-threatening 
injuries.

The victim’s father today welcomed the conclusion of the case, but said that his 23-year-old son was now serving a “life sentence”.

Hendry was caged at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday after being found guilty of attacking two brothers following a seven-day trial last month.

The 28-year-old was convicted of punching Anthony Smith, causing him to fall over and strike his head on the road to the danger of his life.

He was also found guilty of punching Christopher Smith in the head to his injury and permanent disfigurement, and assaulting his own girlfriend, Nadine Wright, by seizing her neck and pulling her along the road.

The violence erupted on August 21, 2011 at an engagement party for Christopher Smith, 27, and Laura Stewart, 30, at their house in Southhouse Walk, Gracemount, where Hendry and his partner were guests. Speaking after the sentencing, Anthony Smith’s father, 52-year-old Gordon Smith, said: “I’m not a vindictive person so the sentence given is decided by the court. But my son has been given a life sentence.

“The doctors have said that any improvement with a brain injury is likely to occur after 18 months. It’s now been 20 months so Anthony is unlikely to improve and he’s been left with anger and emotional problems. He can no longer work in the building trade and we’re not sure what the future holds for him.”

Mr Smith previously revealed that his family had been living in fear of reprisals since Hendry – who has links to the criminal underworld – was charged over the attack.

He said that a panic button had been installed in his Ferniehill house after receiving threats to burn down his home while his son, Christopher, was being forced to move from Southhouse Walk due to concern for his safety.

Mr Smith added: “It’s been 20 months of hell.”

Anthony Smith suffered a fractured skull in the attack. Doctors said that he had suffered impaired concentration and memory due to his injuries, and he required physical and speech therapy.

Hendry’s solicitor, Edward Wilson, told the court that the attacks on the Smith brothers were “single punch assaults” and his client “did not set out on this course that night”.

Hendry had previously been jailed in December 2008 for attacking the family of Marmion Bar killer Jamie Bain. The thug – whose sister, Dionne, was Bain’s partner at the time of the infamous pub shooting in 2006 – was imprisoned for nine months for assaulting Bain’s mother, father and sister.