Drug dealer used stun gun in razor torture ordeal

Edinburgh High Court heard details of the attack. Picture: Bill Henry
Edinburgh High Court heard details of the attack. Picture: Bill Henry
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A REPEAT drug trafficker was jailed for 11 years today after carrying out a brutal attack on a man he suspected had stolen heroin from his hiding place.

Ryan Sime was beaten with a knuckle duster and stun gun, then stabbed and slashed during the ordeal at David Williamson’s home.

The victim was left bloodied and scarred in the attack carried out by Williamson and an unknown accomplice.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Mr Sime later sent a postcard from Majorca to Williamson while he was in prison telling him: “Wish you were here. Not.”

Judge Nigel Morrison QC told Williamson that although the assault charge he faced had been reduced, it remained a serious offence.

Williamson, 36, was originally charged with attempting to murder Mr Sime but the Crown accepted his guilty plea to assaulting him to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement on October 7 last year at a flat in Moat Terrace, in Edinburgh.

The attacker also admitted illegally possessing a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone and being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Advocate depute Tim Niven-Smith told the court that the victim was prescribed medication for mental health issues and had been abusing “legal highs”

He told police after the attack that Williamson had told him that at the beginning of October he had some of his heroin stolen from a hiding place in his rear garden.

“The victim also told the police that the accused came to suspect that he had stolen those drugs as he was privy to the hiding place,” he said.

Mr Sime had gone to visit Williamson when another man arrived at the flat. After sitting talking in the living room Williamson and his accomplice launched an attack on Mr Sime.

“The unknown male and the accused were punching into the victim’s head while he sat on the sofa. The victim became aware that the unknown male was striking him with what he thought was a knuckle duster and the accused was striking him on the head with a stun gun using it as a blunt object,” said the prosecutor.

Mr Niven-Smith said “a sustained, concerted attack” was carried out.

Mr Sime tried to run from the living room but was stopped from leaving by his attackers, The victim landed on the floor at one point and the other man put a foot on his chest stopping him from getting up.

Williamson left but returned armed with a knife and wounded the victim. He pulled the razor-style blade from the knife and started to swipe it towards Mr Sime’s face, threatening he was going to cut his ear off.

The victim’s ring, chain, bracelet were taken and money was removed from his wallet. During a phone call to his partner Mr Sime told her: “I’ve been stabbed all about the place.”

She made a 999 call and asked for police and ambulance services to attend at the flat. When officers arrived no one was at the house.

Mr Sime took a taxi to his girlfriend’s flat in Leith. Williamson tossed the knife he had used to stab and slash him into the grounds of a church on Dalry Road.

The attack victim had a neck injury explored in theatre by doctors and stitches were used to close wounds to his left cheek and eyebrow.

Advocate depute Niven-Smith said: “The incised wounds to the face are permanently disfiguring and the victim indicates that he is very conscious of the scars on his face.”

A stun gun was recovered from a bedroom at the home of unemployed Williamson, who received incapacity benefit, and police found a plastic bag hanging from a drain pipe containing heroin worth up to £5500 on the streets .

Defence solicitor advocate Robbie Burnett said that Williamson, who has previous convictions for drug trafficking offences, has had a drug problem for some time.