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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 14:02 GMT 15:02 UK
Duo jailed for golf club assault
One of the men is led into the court
One of the men arrives at Perth Sheriff Court for sentencing
Two youths who smashed a West Lothian schoolboy in the head with golf clubs during an unprovoked attack have been jailed for a total of 10 years.

Liam Sher, 17, was left with horrific injuries after being subjected to a sustained assault by two strangers.

Stephen Campbell, 16, and Charles Fisher, 21, admitted permanently scarring Mr Sher on 4 November.

At the High Court sitting at Perth Sheriff Court, Lady Dorrian said: "It is clear you were looking for trouble."

I have been left with short term memory problems and I find it hard to concentrate
Liam Sher

She added: "The result was a vicious attack on an innocent young man who tragically happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"The fact remains this was a violent and unprovoked attack on a complete stranger."

Council gardener Fisher and Campbell, who was at school at the time, jumped from a car and began beating Mr Sher on the head and body with golf clubs.

Mr Sher, 17, suffered a fractured skull in the attack and had to undergo surgery to insert a metal plate in his head.

The teenager was attacked by the duo as he walked home to meet his father Faheem Sher.

He spent six weeks in hospital and suffered a blood clot, but has since made a remarkable recovery and returned to West Calder High School.

Liam Sher
Lima Sher was walking home when he was attacked

Outside court on Tuesday, he said he was pleased to see his attackers sentenced to lengthy terms behind bars.

"I was out with friends and was just walking home. My dad was going to pick me up. That's all I can remember.

"I have been told they jumped out of a car. I had never seen them before. Today is the first time I have ever seen them.

"I have been left with short term memory problems and I find it hard to concentrate. My injury means I can't run or play football anymore.

"It gets really sore and I feel that my head gets scrambled," he said.

His accountant father said: "Liam was a mess. There was blood everywhere. There were four lacerations on his head, like someone had taken a knife and carved it up. They were really deep cuts.

"There were bruises down his arms and his legs, and when he turned over I saw two golf club shaped marks across his spine."

Fisher, of Allanton, Lanarkshire, was jailed for five years and three months and Campbell, of Sedgebank, Livingston, will spend the same period in a young offenders institution.


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