Man admits battering 92-year-old woman

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A man who battered a 92-year-old woman with a wooden pole and viciously assaulted another woman was today (Thursday) facing a lengthy jail term.

Stephen Dyer launched the brutal attacks during an incident in the gardens of two properties in Union Street, Brechin, on May 8.

He first attacked Lauren Robertson at number 58 - grabbing her by the neck, repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a piece of wood then repeatedly punching her on the head and body.

Prosecutors say she then fell to the ground to her injury.

Dyer then went to the garden of number 18 - where he launched an even more shocking attack.

He attempted to hit another individual with a wooden pole - but instead struck 92-year-old Helen Dinnie on the body, again to her injury.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson submitted a list of Dyer’s previous convictions at Forfar Sheriff Court and said a full narrative of events surrounding the attacks would be given at a later hearing.

Dyer, 38, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to two charges of assault to injury committed on May 8 this year at an address in Union Street, Brechin, Angus.

His not guilty pleas to a further charge of assault and two of possessing an offensive weapon on the same date and at the same place were accepted by the Crown.

Defence solicitor Michael Boyd said: “He accepts a custodial sentence is inevitable.

“There was a transfer of intent involved in the assault on Ms Dinnie.”

Sheriff Gregor Murray deferred sentence until later this month for social work background reports.

He said: “You are facing a significant custodial sentence.

“The age of the victim is an aggravation.”

Dyer was remanded in custody meantime.