A violent thug hit a man on the head with a hammer after chasing him over a “dispute” about a car he was driving.
The man approached Robert Duncan’s car and smashed the window on Danestone Circle, Aberdeen, on October 22 2017, triggering the 35-year-old’s violent response.
Depute fiscal Kelly Mitchell told Aberdeen Sheriff Court the incident happened at around 7.15pm while Duncan was in a vehicle and the man and members of his family were also present.
She said: “At that point there was a dispute between the complainer and the accused about the vehicle the accused was driving and an argument began.
“The complainer approached the car. He began shouting and swearing at the accused, who was in the driver’s seat, and smashed the window with his left elbow.
“The accused alighted from the vehicle and was brandishing a hammer.”
Ms Mitchell said Duncan then “began to chase” him with the weapon.
She said: “The complainer was struck once on the head with the hammer.
“The complainer was then able to take possession of the hammer from the accused.
“The accused returned to the vehicle he had been in and drove off.”
Ms Mitchell said the man took the weapon to Manor Park police office and gave it to officers.
Although he was initially “unco-operative” he later provided a statement.
He was left with a “small” one- inch by one-inch laceration to the hairline.
Duncan, of Fowler Avenue, Aberdeen, pled guilty to assault to injury and possession of an offensive weapon.
Defence agent Tony Burgess asked for sentence to be deferred for a psychiatric and social work report and reserved mitigation for the next calling.
Sheriff Margaret Hodge said: “I’m not sure he’s taking this seriously.”
Duncan replied: “I’m taking it very seriously.”
She deferred sentence until next month for the reports and granted Duncan bail.