A man who left his victim partially paralysed after bashing his skull in with a crowbar has failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned.
Scott Nelson from Fife was found guilty of attempting to murder Greig Ramsay during a horror attack at a house in Kirkcaldy on December 23, 2018.
The 29-year-old was also convicted of attacking a second man, Mark Christie, over an alleged gambling debt, leaving him with a broken nose and fractured eye sockets.
After being found guilty at the High Court in Livingston, Nelson was jailed for 12-and-a-half years in August 2019.
Nelson’s defence team argued that there had been a miscarriage of justice after the trial judge had failed to properly direct the jury on the grounds of provocation.
They said that had the jury been told about this, they may have instead found Nelson guilty of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment and to the danger of life.
The agents believed that if their first grounds of appeal were upheld and the attempted murder charge was quashed, that the 12 sentence would therefore be excessive.
But the High Court of Appeal rejected the claims made by Nelson’s legal representative, meaning the conviction and sentence were upheld.
In a recently published judgement, Lord Brodie said: “The appellant was convicted of two very serious offences, one of which was very serious indeed.
“They involved violent attacks in the early hours of the morning in the home of the complainer in charge 2. Both complainers sustained fractures to the face or skull.
“The consequences for the complainer in charge 1 have been particularly grave. He has been left with cognitive defects and problems with speech and memory.
“The trial judge reports that the complainer described his life as having been ruined by cruel and vindictive actions. That is understandable.”
The savage attack took place in the early hours of December 23 at a house in Cawdor Crescent.
Nelson, who is also known as Lawrence, arrived at the property and was let inside before first attacking Mark Christie in the kitchen.
He then went upstairs and found Ramsay in a bedroom before grabbing a nearby crowbar and hitting the victim.
The court was previously told how Ramsay had sustained “horrific injuries” including bleeding on the brain which resulted in part of his skull being removed.
The victim was left with a “notable depression” in his skull and will remain at risk of suffering from seizures, memory and speech problems for the rest of his life.
In a victim impact statement, he said: “The quality of living that I enjoyed prior to the attack may be gone forever.
“I have lost the freedom to plan out the course of my own path in life and have to rely heavily on others for even the simplest of undertakings.
“This will be my life sentence brought about by the cruel and vindictive actions of others.”