A man who tried to murder a mourner outside an Aberdeen pub was today locked up for 12 years.
Michael Scott, 35, inflicted “catastrophic” injuries on his victim after ploughing his vehicle into the grandfather outside a pub in Aberdeen.
Graeme Hardie, 58, was thrown in the air like “a rag doll” after the attack on July 11 last year and is now wheelchair bound.
He also sustained severe brain damage, and now needs 24-hour care.
Scott had earlier got into trouble at the Staging Post pub, in Bucksburn, where Mr Hardie was after attending the funeral of his brother David earlier in the day.
Scott, formerly of Rosslyn Avenue, in Sunderland, had earlier denied attempting to murder his victim at Old Meldrum Road, in Bucksburn, but was found guilty of the crime.
A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: “You were convicted by the jury of the attempted murder of Graeme Hardie, a man with whom you had an argument in a pub on the occasion of his later brother’s funeral reception.”
Lord Uist said: “You deliberately drove your car at him in order to cause him injury and you did cause the most appalling injuries which have effectively ruined his life.”
“He can hardly speak and requires to be fed by means of a tube. He needs care for 24 hours a day. He is prone to infection.”
The judge said: “You have shown no remorse for what you did to him.”
“After you ran him down you careered onto a grass verge and the across one side of a dual carriageway before becoming stuck across the central reservation,” he said.
Lord Uist said: “A conviction for attempted murder particularly where, as here, the crime has resulted in catastrophic injury must attract a lengthy sentence.”
The judge also banned Scott from driving for life following his attack with the car.
Lord Uist pointed out that Scott has been assessed as posing a high of serious harm to the public at present.
A report prepared on Scott ahead of sentencing today indicated he had a propensity to use violence and aggression in a situation of conflict.
Scott was also convicted of dangerous driving by driving while intoxicated and at excessive speed.
He was also found guilty of failing to provide two breath specimens and of threatening and abusive behaviour both at the bar and in a police vehicle in which he urinated and vomited.
Scott had earlier been in the pub where the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia was being screened and an argument broke out about football.
Scott got into his Skoda and revved his engine before driving at his target who struck his head and body on the vehicle and the ground after being thrown in the air.
Defence counsel Bill Adam told the court that Scott “maintains his position that he did not intentionally strike Mr Hardie with the vehicle as he drove away”.
He said: “He does sympathise with the plight of Mr Hardie. His words were he was ‘gutted’ when he first became aware of Mr Hardie’s condition.”
Mr Adam said of Scott: “He has always been a worker ever since he left school.”
He said he had experienced increasing anxiety and depression as his trial date had approached and was prescribed medication.