A violent thug went to an Aberdeen supermarket and told staff he had “killed his brother”.
John Hildreth, 48, spoke to the staff at Sainsbury’s on Berryden Road, after finding his seriously injured brother Francis.
Francis Hildreth was kicked and punched in the head by Hildreth during a “drugs and alcohol binge”.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday heard how the brothers and their mother were drinking vodka at their flat on Bedford Road on September 2.
John Hildreth awoke at 11am the next day and saw blood and his own swollen knuckles.
Fiscal depute Jamie Dunbar said: “He walked into his brother’s bedroom and saw Francis face down on the bed, covered in blood.”
John tried to rouse his brother, with limited success – and went to Sainsbury’s eight hours later.
“At 7.45pm Police Scotland received a call from a member of staff at Sainsbury’s Berryden who said a customer had told them he had killed his brother.
“Police officers arrived at Sainsbury’s and John said: ‘My brother is lying dead in my house and nobody believes me. It was me.
“‘I can’t remember what happened. He wasn’t moving this morning. I did kick him a couple of times but he wasn’t moving.’”
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Police found blood spattered on the walls of the flat and Francis suffering from serious injuries, who was falling in and out of consciousness.
He was given treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for serious facial and brain injuries and needed metal plates and screws put in his jaw.
The court heard the injuries were “due to John repeatedly kicking and punching Francis when he was crouched down on the ground”.
Hildreth, who was described as a prisoner of HMP Grampian, pled guilty to repeatedly punching and kicking Francis on the head and body, to his severe injury, permanent impairment, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.
Defence agent Graeme Murray said: “This happened during a drugs and alcohol binge. Francis feels particularly responsible because he was taking drugs, including Xanax, and he contributed by introducing vodka into the equation.”
Sentencing was deferred until January by Sheriff William Summers who said: “This is a very serious assault and a custodial sentence is inevitable.”