Teen hurled bottle before brutal attack

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A TEENAGER felled a youth he was chasing by throwing a bottle at his head.

Gordon Firth then caught up with his victim and kicked him repeatedly on the head as he lay on the ground.

Livingston Sheriff Court was told that his victim suffered severe injuries, including a depressed fracture to his head.

He needed surgery at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where medics described him at one point as being “very unwell”.

Firth, 18, of Livingston, pleaded guilty to a serious assault charge.

He admitted chasing William Baxter in the Dedridge area of Livingston on October 26 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a petrol cap off a car and stealing an iPhone in McDonald’s in the town on November 28 last year.

A not guilty plea to seriously endangering the safety of the public by smoking a lit cigarette while he filled a patrol canister at a Shell petrol station in Livingston was accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff David Clapham sentenced Firth to nine months’ detention in a young offenders’ institution. He told Firth: “This kind of assault must carry a sentence of imprisonment.”