Man stamped on pal’s head after he begged to have threesome with his girlfriend

A man left his mate in a pool of blood on his doorstep after turning down the victim's offer of a threesome.

As a neighbour filmed, a fight broke out when Craig Stirling, 43, kicked Iain Connell out of his house because he was pushing Stirling and his partner for sex.

The witness shouted at Stirling who knocked his friend of several years to the ground before repeatedly stamping on his head, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

She yelled: "That's enough Craig. He's killing him, he's killing him. He's murdering him."

Stirling gasped in horror as the video of his attack was played in court shortly before he was jailed for two years by Sheriff Alistair Carmichael at Dundee.

Mr Connell had popped by the couple's home as a "Good Samaritan" bringing food and drink in a time of need.

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Fiscal depute Stewart Duncan said: "Iain Connell and the accused were old friends who had known each other for six or seven years.

"They had a chance meeting when the accused was with his partner Gillian Smith, 35.

"He was invited back to their flat and they consumed alcohol.

"Mr Connell began acting in an inappropriate manner towards Ms Smith and Mr Stirling and was told to leave.

"He was in the street, shouting up. A witness looked out and began filming. They saw the accused exit the block of flats. He approached and a stand-up fight ensued.

"Both threw punches at each other. The accused punched Mr Connell repeatedly causing him to fall to the ground.

"As he lay on the ground, he kicked him, punched him and repeatedly stamped on his head."

The victim was found lying in a pool of blood and had a badly broken nose which required surgery to straighten.

Stirling was arrested and told police: "He was making sexual advances to me and Gillian. It was self-defence. Honestly, it was self-defence."

The Arbroath man admitted assaulting Connell, causing severe injury and scarring him for life in the town's West Abbey Street on September 16 2020.

He also admitted pushing him to the ground, punching him on the head and body and rendering him unconscious by repeatedly stamping on his head.

Solicitor Jim Caird, defending, told the court: "He is utterly shocked and devastated by his behaviour. He has been a good friend of the complainer.

"In fact, he was being a Good Samaritan. Mr Connell had fallen out with his partner and didn't have any means and Mr Stirling and his partner provided food and – unfortunately – drink.

"They took him into their home. There was an unsavoury incident in the house and there was a scuffle between them. He was put out of the house."

Sheriff Carmichael said: "The level of violence you showed here was high. You have no control when you kick someone on the ground.

"It is a recipe for disaster and it is down to fortune and not much else that the most serious injury was a broken nose. I take into account that there had been an unsavoury incident."

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