Man jailed for violent attacks in Polbeth

Published 15 March 2019

A man who attacked numerous members of the public within West Lothian has been jailed.

At Glasgow High Court on Friday 15th March, Michael Jamieson was sentenced to eight-years and eight-months in prison, having previously pled guilty to attempted murder, assault and vandalism.

Jamieson, 22, had been within an address in Polbeth Crescent on Saturday 3rd November where he had been consuming alcohol and cocaine during the early hours of the morning.

At around 7am that day he began to cause a disturbance within the address before biting the 61-year-old homeowner to the arm.

After leaving the property, Jamieson made his way to a home in Polbeth Road, where he forced entry to the property before punching and kicking a 79-year-old man and causing him to lose consciousness. During this time he also assaulted a 79-year-old woman, who was also within the house.

Police were contacted but prior to their arrival Jamieson attacked an 82-year-old man within the street by pulling him by the hair and forcing him to the ground.

A 20-year-old man who witnessed this assault and attempted to intervene was then punched to the face.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Batten from Livingston CID said: "While alcohol and drugs will have played a part in Jamieson's violent behaviour, his actions are inexcusable and resulted in a number of people sustaining various injuries.

"Three of those attacked, were assaulted within their on homes and were left deeply distressed by the levels of violence and aggression displayed by Jamieson.

"Members of the local community attempted to come to the assistance of their neighbours and to subdue Jamieson. There efforts should be recognised and commended.

"This sentence should reflect the joint commitment of Police Scotland and COPFS in removing violent criminals from our streets and ensuring they receive custodial sentences for their offences."

Michael Jamieson


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