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Woman and teenage son battered with baseball bat in attack

The victim said she feared for her life during the assault at her St Andrews home.

Dundee Sheriff Court: Corstorphine was remanded in custody (file pic).
Dundee Sheriff Court: Corstorphine was remanded in custody (file pic). PA Images

A woman feared for her life after a man assaulted her and her teenage son with a baseball bat, a court heard.

William Corstorphine, 55, broke into his victim's home in St Andrews, Fife at 3.30am on September 3, 2017.

He first attacked the 14-year-old boy, repeatedly hitting him with the bat as he lay defenceless on the first-floor landing.

Corstorphine then turned on the woman, pinning her to the ground as he pulled out her hair and repeatedly punched her.

The entire attack was captured in a "harrowing" nine minute long 999 call, in which Corstorphine could be heard screaming abuse and threatening to kill his victims.

Police arrived at the flat and arrested the attacker soon afterwards.

During a three-day trial at Dundee Sheriff Court the woman told how she feared for her life during the attack.

She said: "I thought he was going to kill me - he said he was going to kill me."

Corstorphine, 55, a prisoner at HMP Perth, denied five charges on indictment of possessing a knife, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, assaulting the boy and woman and breaching bail.

He admitted possessing the knife, threats, bail breach and assaulting the boy minutes before a jury was sent to consider its verdict - but maintained his not guilty plea to attacking the woman.

A jury took an hour to convict him of that charge.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence on Corstorphine until later in March and remanded him in custody meantime.

He said: "This was a double violation of this woman - he violated her home and he violated her."

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