War veterans bleed on brain after attack by two thugs on Remembrance Sunday

A war veteran was repeatedly kicked and punched by two thugs who left him with a bleed on the brain on Remembrance Sunday.

Former Royal Marine Christopher Smith was working home after remembering fallen comrades when he was confronted over his medals outside a pub in East Kilbride, Scotland.

Brian Kelly, 34, pointed at Mr Smith’s medals in an aggressive manner and told the former marine that he lost friends who served in Afghanistan.

Mr Smith, 61, told Kelly that he also lost friends in the conflict but Kelly launched into an attack on November 10 in 2019.

Kelly punched Mr Smith several times in the head, which led to him falling to the ground.

Derek Gallacher, 40, joined in on the attack and began kicking the veteran in the head.

Mr Smith tried to make it back to his feet but the thugs attacked him again.

Both Kelly and Gallacher, both from East Kilbride, left Mr Smith lying in a puddle, reports Glasgow Live.

Mr Smith, who served in Northern Ireland, was left with bleeding on the brain and a broken nose, as well as cuts and abrasions to the head and body.

A police investigation was launched and both men were arrested and charged.

Kelly and Gallacher appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted assaulting Mr Smith.

Speaking after the assault, Mr Smith said: "I didn't know what to do, I couldn't fathom what was happening – on Remembrance Day of all days.

"I remember at one point they left me in a heap, started to walk away and I thought I better try and get myself up but they came back for another go and set about me again, kicking and punching me on the face, head, body – everywhere.

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"It was so vicious, I was just in total shock. I honestly thought the second time that was it, they were going to kill me."

Both Kelly and Gallacher were bailed but face a custodial sentence when they are next due in court at a future date next month.

Sheriff John Speir said: "This was a cowardly and vicious attack on a war veteran and, as your representatives have said, you are quite rightly ashamed of yourselves.

"A custodial sentence is uppermost in my mind and I would suggest that you both get your affairs in order before you appear for sentencing.

"This was absolutely appalling”

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