A THUG attacked a man with a metal pole and then called him a dafty.

Kevin Forsyth, 34, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court to be sentenced after previously pleading guilty to repeatedly striking the victim on the head during the incident on July 11, 2022.

The man was standing at a bus stop on Kyleakin Road in Thornliebank when he spotted Forsyth walking in his direction at 9.30pm.

He noticed he was in possession of a metal pole.

Forsyth, of Thornliebank, hit the victim twice to the back of the head and once to the side of his face with the item, before stating: “That’s what you and your brother get for being dafties”.

He then made his way into a common close, meanwhile, the victim attended at his mum’s home to contact police.

Cops attended and observed three lacerations on his head and face.

Photographs were taken and a blood-stained top was seized.

An ambulance was contacted due to his injuries, but the victim refused to stay for the ambulance and refused to be taken to hospital.

Police searched the area as well as several homes but could not find Forsyth.

Two days later, he presented himself at Pollok Police Station after being made aware officers were looking to speak to him.

He was thereafter arrested, cautioned and charged and released.

Sheriff Patricia Pryce revealed Forsyth has a high court conviction for “severe” violence.

She added: “He’s got quite the record. Why is he still using violence as a means to resolve issues?

“He served a 66-month sentence. You would think he would have enough rehabilitation to realise violence is not the answer.”

Forsyth’s lawyer replied: “The complainer is the partner of his ex-partner but that’s not an excuse.

“He had received texts from the complainer that were of a threatening nature. He’s managed to hold down employment, he’s completed college courses. He’s completed unpaid work orders without errors.”

Sheriff Pryce said: “He had just completed a community payback order for guess what, an assault, when he committed this offence.”

The solicitor explained that the victim made threats to put her client’s mother’s door in.

She added: “It happened outside his mother’s house. He perceived the threat as a very real threat. He knows what’s at stake.

“He has secure employment and is concerned about losing contact with his son.”

The sheriff replied: “If someone threatens you, you go to the police. It’s not an appropriate way to deal with a threat.”

She addressed Forsyth and said: “Given your record, you know I’m well within my rights to send you to jail today.

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"Your default position can’t be to resort to violence when you receive a threat. You don’t take the law into your own hands.

"Do you think you are presenting a good example to your son? Do you want him to follow in your footsteps?

“The only reason I’m not sending you to jail today is the fact you have stability. You need to do some serious work on your problem-solving and decision-making.”

He was ordered to be under social work supervision and carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Forsyth was also tagged and ordered to stay in his home between 7pm-7am for 12 weeks, as a direct alternative to custody.

The sheriff added: “Mark my words, if you come before me having breached either of these orders, I will have no hesitation to send you to jail.

“If you hold your son as close to your heart as you say you do, you need to think of him before committing violence.”