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Drink-driver hit victim with pole for taking car keys

David Webber, 35, attacked his mother's neighbour during a drink-fuelled outburst.

Court: David Webber was handed a community-based disposal.
Court: David Webber was handed a community-based disposal. © STV

A good Samaritan who stopped a man from drink-driving was hit with a pole for his trouble.

David Webber, 35, attacked his mother's neighbour during a drink-fuelled outburst.

Glasgow Sheriff Court was told the accused banged on his mum's door and rang the doorbell continuously in an effort to gain entry into the property.

Neighbour Kevin Rowan confronted Webber when he began to shout loudly and told him to leave. The accused swore at Mr Rowan and asked him if he thought he was "a big man".

As Webber walked to his Vauxhall Astra to drive away, his mother apologised to Mr Rowan for her son's behaviour.

Due to his behaviour and the smell of alcohol, Mr Rowan then took possession of Webber's car keys from the ignition to stop him from driving.

Mr Rowan's wife, who was watching the incident unfold, let out a scream as Webber armed himself with a weapon.

The Crown claimed the accused then hit Mr Rowan on the forearm with a hammer or similar implement. Webber, who was supported in court by his mum, claimed the weapon used in the attack was a pole.

The police were called and Webber was detained for the assault and drink-driving.

'There no cycle of offending here, but alcohol is a problem.'
David Webber's defence lawyer

On Friday, Webber pleaded guilty to repeatedly striking a door and continually ringing a doorbell in Stenton Street, Glasgow, on June 30 this year.

He also admitted shouting, swearing, striking a man with a weapon and driving with 41mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit being 22mg.

Webber's lawyer accepted that it was a "pretty disgraceful incident".

The defence agent stated: "There no cycle of offending here, but alcohol is a problem."

It was claimed that Webber required medical treatment following his altercation with Mr Rowan.

Sheriff Tony Kelly voiced his reservations of imposing a community-based disposal, but nevertheless sentenced Webber to supervision for a year with 160 hours of unpaid work to be completed within nine months. The accused was also disqualified from driving for a year.

Webber, of Carntyne Road in Glasgow, was told to turn up to all court-ordered appointments sober. If not, sheriff Kelly warned: "I'll find out about it."

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