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Football coach's skull fractured after attack on night out

Scott Garriock needed stitches after the assault near the Rat Pack Piano Bar in Edinburgh.

Attack: He was left in a pool of blood.
Attack: He was left in a pool of blood.

A football coach suffered a fractured skull and required stitches after being attacked on a night out.

Scott Garriock was assaulted near the Rat Pack Piano Bar on Shandwick Place in Edinburgh.

The 52-year-old had been out with a friend at La Vida nightclub before he was attacked at a taxi rank shortly after 3am on Sunday, April 1.

Mr Garriock, who is a football coach for Tynecastle FC, was left in a pool of blood following the assault.

He said: "A guy hit me and there was blood everywhere.

"The guy's friend was standing next to me ready to kick me until he saw I was badly bleeding.

"I lost a fair bit of blood. There was blood still on the pavement the next day.

"I'm raging because I woke up in the hospital at 10am on the Sunday morning and I had lost my memory from 3am. I can't remember who did this.

"I had a great night and it only takes two stupid individuals to do that."

Angry: He was on a night out with a friend.
Angry: He was on a night out with a friend.

Mr Garriock said his ten-year-old daughter was left horrified when she saw her father after the street attack.

"If my friend Jamie wasn't there it could have been a lot worse," he said.

"My ten-year-old daughter seeing me in that state was quite upsetting.

"If there was an argument or something then I would understand but there was nothing like that and this happened for no reason whatsoever - it all happened within three seconds."

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police in Edinburgh are investigating following a serious assault that happened in the Shandwick Place area at around 3.40am on Sunday, April 1.

"A 52-year-old man was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

"Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Gayfield CID via 101.

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