Herald Scotland reports that a Dundee man who punched a fellow cyclist over a right of way dispute is facing a ‘lengthy’ jail term after also being found guilty of a similar attack 11 months later.
In the first incident, which took place on September 2, 2013, 49-year-old Graeme Brankin cycled after his 70-year-old victim for around a mile after the two had argued over who had right of way in the city’s High Street.
When the man became aware that he was being followed and stopped, Brankin hit him so hard that his glasses and hearing aid fell off. Brankin cycled off and the man, a retired artist, was left with a fractured eye socket and cheekbone, which required an operation to insert three metal plates into his face.
On August 9, 2014, Brankin carried out a similar attack at the pavement entrance to Claypotts Park on Arbroath Road. A witness described how ‘super angry’ Brankin screamed at the man, rested his bike against a wall and then punched him in the face. As the man fell, Brankin struck him twice more before cycling off.
The witness moved the unconscious, blood-covered victim into the recovery position, fearing he would choke and he was later taken to Ninewells Hospital.
Following a three-day trial at Dundee Sheriff Court, Brankin was found unanimously guilty of both attacks.
Sheriff George Way deferred sentence until February 20 to allow time for criminal justice social work background reports.
In December 2013, a man who asked a fellow cyclist not to ride on the pavement spoke of how he was pushed against a wall and then had his head banged against a set of railings. However, on this occasion the assailant made off after the victim said he would call the police.