Man jailed for pool cue assault in pub

Jacob Hendry. Picture: TSPL
Jacob Hendry. Picture: TSPL
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A BUSINESSMAN – who faced charges of killing an ex-soldier before the case was dropped – has been jailed for launching a pool cue attack in a pub.

Jacob Hendry was sentenced to eight months at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday after pleading guilty to a brutal assault on two strangers.

The 41-year-old struck Alexander Miller with the cue at the Liberton Inn, and also repeatedly punched and aimed a kick at the victim.

Hendry also hit Glen Swanson with a flurry of blows at the Kirk Brae bar on February 13 last year, leaving both victims severely injured.

His brother James Hendry, 34, was jailed for 40 months on Friday for killing former royal bodyguard Edward Dooley with a single punch after he caught the grandfather relieving himself in a bush next to his home.

Jacob Hendry – known as “Jackie” – had faced a charge of culpable homicide over Mr Dooley’s death, but the case was dropped by the Crown after his brother’s guilty plea last month.

Hendry, of Essex Brae, Barnton, appeared in court with his cousin and co-accused, Scott Hendry, 46, who received 300 hours of community service for his role in the pub attack.

The Hendrys are part of an infamous south Edinburgh family which has racked up numerous convictions for violence over the years.

Jacob Hendry had two previous convictions for assault, one from a decade ago and a second dating back 20 years.

The court had heard the cousins were drinking in the pub when Jacob Hendry attacked Mr Miller for “no apparent reason”. Hendry punched the victim, knocking him to the floor, then repeatedly struck Mr Swanson. Scott Hendry, of Lasswade Road, joined the assault while his cousin grabbed a pool cue and hit Mr Miller on the body before they both fled.

Mr Miller was treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a fractured ankle.

Jacob Hendry’s defence agent told the court yesterday his client had shown “genuine” remorse, and cancelled a family holiday to Canada to see one of his four children to save the cash for any compensation order.

He added Hendry – who runs a road paving firm employing up to eight people – had been assessed as a “minimum” risk of re-offending.

The solicitor said the victims had caused “irritation” with comments towards the Hendrys in the pub and this escalated. The court heard claims that comments were made about Jacob Hendry’s size.

Sentencing Hendry, Sheriff Nigel Ross said custody was unavoidable because of his use of the pool cue.

Mr Dooley, 54, was due to get off a bus in Bilston on October 25, 2008, but police believe he was unable to wait to urinate – possibly due to a prostate operation he underwent weeks before – and got off early beside James Hendry’s home near the Ikea store at Straiton.

Moments later, the Hendry brothers arrived back from a night out drinking and the younger sibling punched Mr Dooley, knocking him over and inflicting skull and spine fractures. James Hendry – shot by Jamie Bain in The Marmion pub attack in 2006, which saw his brother-in-law, Alex McKinnon, killed – was brought to justice following a campaign by the Dooley family.