Man faces life in jail after Royal Mile street attack

The trial took place at Edinburgh High Court.
The trial took place at Edinburgh High Court.

A MAN who carried out a street attack on the Royal Mile that resulted in a serious head injury to the victim could face a life sentence.

Stuart Kitt landed a single punch on Colin Braidwood during the attack but with catastrophic consequences after the victim hit his head on the pavement.

Kitt, 39, had denied the offence but was found guilty of assaulting Mr Braidwood, 36, to his permanent impairment and disfigurement and to the danger of his life following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He punched the victim on the head who then fell to the ground and struck his head in the attack on December 21 last year.

A judge yesterday ordered that a full risk assessment be carried out on Kitt which could lead to the making of an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR).

Under an OLR a court sets a minimum jail term to be served by the offender but any possible future release is left to the parole authorities.

Lord Pentland said he took into account Kitt’s record of offending and the apparent escalation in it. The judge said he also took account of his propensity for violence and lack of insight into his behaviour, and that the latest crime was committed within a short time of his release from a previous period in custody. Sentence was deferred until December 19.