Man smashed bottle over disabled dad’s head

Livingston Sheriff Court

Livingston Sheriff Court

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A MAN smashed a bottle of vodka over his disabled dad’s head during a drunken row, a court heard.

David Sharp – whose 63-year-old father Charlie Brookhouse has an artificial leg – initially claimed he acted in self-defence.

But after a jury heard his father’s testimony on the second day of his trial at Livingston Sheriff Court, Sharp, 32, changed his plea to guilty to a reduced charge of assault.

Mr Brookhouse had told the jury he had been arguing with his son because he had taken the vodka even though it didn’t belong to him.

He said: “My head was all split open. I had to get stitches in hospital. I got hit with the bottle because I told him to leave it alone.”

Sharp, of Rannoch Walk, Livingston, also pleaded guilty to acting in a racially aggravated manner towards PC Julias Nyamakanga. He was on bail for other offences at the time and will be sentenced later.

Sheriff Susan Craig noted that Sharp had an extensive record, including a conviction for assault to danger of life.

She called for social work reports and a restriction of liberty order assessment.