Thug denied chance to say goodbye to dying grandad

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A VIOLENT thug has been told he can’t say goodbye to his dying grandad.

Patrick Galt repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the street before kicking her and dragging her across a road.

The 21-year-old was remanded in custody yesterday after admitting the assault at Livingston Sheriff Court.

But a judge was told Galt’s grandad had been “sent home to die” after being discharged from the Western General Hospital, where doctors could no longer treat him for lung cancer.

Sheriff Ian Fleming admitted he was “very sorry” but couldn’t release the attacker on bail because of the seriousness of the offences.

Galt’s lawyer Iain Smith said his client was very close to his grandfather George, who had brought him up in Whitburn, West Lothian.

Mr Smith said: “The hospital has been unable to cure or treat him. He’s been sent home to die, basically.

“The family in general and Mr Galt in particular are struggling to deal with this imminent loss.

“From my client’s perspective he wants to be at his grandfather’s bedside for the time he has left.”

But the judge said: “Given the nature of the charges and the totality of your record, I’m afraid it’s not appropriate to release you.”

Galt attacked his girlfriend, Kayleigh Liddle, in Armadale, West Lothian, on January 27 and has been held in custody since he was arrested three days later.

Mr Smith said Ms Liddle had not been injured in the assault and that both she and the accused had been very drunk at the time.

Galt, his lawyer claimed, had endured a tough time in prison and had suffered a broken finger and head injuries after being attacked in jail.

Groups of inmates had burst into his cell and repeatedly punched and kicked him, Mr Smith told the court.

He said: “He’s been moved from hall to hall and from prison to prison.

“He hoped that the new hall would provide some sort of security only to find that those who are after him have employed somebody to get him.”

Sentence was deferred for reports and Galt was refused bail.