Man who left woman ‘unrecognisable’ is jailed

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A man who left a woman ‘unrecognisable’ after an assault has been jailed.

James Duncan Docherty, 43, whose address was given as prisoner in the prison at Greenock, previously pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of assaulting the woman at a Campbeltown address on November 25 last year.

He admitted repeatedly punching her, kicking her on the head and body, knocking her to the ground, stamping on her head, seizing hold of her head and hair and striking her head against walls and the ground, all to her severe injury.

During the assault, the woman feared for her life and begged Docherty to stop. She managed to break free and ran into the street without her shoes, covered in blood and begged for help.

When police arrived they found her ‘unrecognisable’ with considerable injuries and unable to speak.

Docherty’s defence solicitor, Stephen MacSporran, told the court that his client, who has ‘very limited recollection of events’, understands the impact of his actions, is remorseful and offers his apologies to the victim.

He said Docherty’s family is ‘horrified’ by his behaviour.

Sentencing Docherty to three years imprisonment, with a 12-month supervision order after his release, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘This is your fourth crime of violence, a crime which is horrifying in its savagery and requires a significant punishment.’