A MAN needed emergency surgery after being struck on the neck with a broken bottle as he tried to protect his wife’s car from vandals.
Kenneth Quinn, 46, of Glenrothes, Fife, was told by his son that two men were at the car and he rushed outside to confront them.
“He did not have time to put on his shoes and left the house in the expectation that the persons in question would run away, which they did not,” said the advocate-depute, Martin Macari, at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Mr Quinn took out his mobile phone and said he was going to call the police. In response, Corey Witter, 21, knocked him to the ground and kicked his face at least three times. Mr Quinn broke free and went to help his son, Anthony Quinn, 18, who was being assaulted by Cameron Waters, 26.
Witter intercepted Mr Quinn and struck him on the head with a bottle. The bottle broke and Witter lunged at him and hit him again.
“It was immediately obvious that Kenneth Quinn was badly injured and was seen to be bleeding from a large gash to his neck,” said Mr Macari.
Surgeons had to remove glass which was embedded in the wound, and Mr Quinn needed 21 stitches. He continued to feel numbess and shooting pains because of nerve damage, the court heard.
Witter, of Glenrothes, admitted attempting to murder Mr Quinn, and Waters, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, pleaded guilty to assaulting his son. They will be sentenced next month.