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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Thug admits using power tool in savage beating of gangland rival

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Robert Kirkwood left James Hanlon permanently scarred after using the tool as a blunt weapon in a roadside attack.
The High Court in Glasgow heard Hanlon - a pal of murdered gangster Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll - was a passenger in a car which was forced off the road last August.
The Vauxhall Vectra was hit head-on by an Audi A4, then shunted from the rear by a Ford Focus.
A man ran out of the Audi and pulled Hanlon, 26, from the Vectra - then Kirkwood, 25, jumped out of the Focus armed with a red drill.
Stunned passers-by in Stepps, Glasgow, watched as Kirkwood repeatedly bludgeoned Hanlon over the head and body with the tool.
Andrew Miller, prosecuting, told the court: "None of the eyewitnesses described any sound consistent with the drill being activated at the time of the assault.
"This, together with the medical evidence, indicates that the drill was used as a blunt weapon."
The court heard Hanlon, who was unarmed, lay dazed and bleeding as the beating continued.
Christopher Milligan, 26, who had been driving the Vectra, ran off when the attack began.
Yesterday, Kirkwood pleaded guilty to assaulting Hanlon to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.
He was originally charged with assaulting him to the danger of his life, but the Crown accepted his plea to a reduced charge.
Co-accused Charles McCormack, 28, of Moodiesburn, and Michael McCormick, 22, of Garthamlock, Glasgow, had pleas of not guilty to assaulting Hanlon accepted.
Mr Miller added: "When paramedics attended the scene they found James Hanlon lying on the ground. He had obvious bleeding injuries to his head."
The court was told he will be permanently scarred, but suffered no lasting physical problems.
Kirkwood was recognised by detectives when they examined CCTV footage of the attack.
He was arrested on a warrant while he was travelling to Kent from France via the Channel Tunnel on September 27 last year.
He is currently serving a sentence of three years and eight months for drug offences.
Judge Lady Dorrian deferred sentence on Kirkwood until next month for reports.
Police are still hunting gangland thugs who allegedly hacked off Hanlon's twin brother Bryan's penis with chisels in a separate attack last August.
The twins were both close pals of Gerbil - a feared enforcer for the Daniel crime clan.
He was gunned down in front of terrified shoppers at an Asda store in Robroyston, Glasgow, in January 2010.


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