A MAN battered his neighbour in a lift after a conversation turned sour.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how Laurence Stewart left his victim with what looked like a broken nose after the elevator attack. 

On June 16, 2020, the witness, Edward McGuigan, entered the elevator in order to return to the ground floor of the Broomhill Drive flats and met Stewart, who was already in the lift. 

A conversation started up, the court was told, and this led to an argument. 

Stewart, from Thornwood, started hitting and punching Mr McGuigan to the face and head with his arm and elbow.

The witness headed home and called police from there.

Officers visited Mr McGuigan's home and saw he had lumps on his head and what seemed to be a broken nose but he refused medical treatment.

The 27-year-old's defence lawyer said: "There had been previous ill feeling between the two.

"He takes full responsibility for [the incident]."

The court heard Stewart is currently receiving support from multiple agencies. 

Sheriff Shona Gilroy said: "There is a large team around you of professionals.

"It is really important that you cooperate with all that is being offered as it is costing a lot of money to support you.

"It is absolutely important that you continue with this engagement and leave the substances alone - no drink and no drugs."

Stewart was placed on a community payback order with 12 months of supervision and will return to court in July so the sheriff can check on his progress.