AN Alexandria man attacked his mother’s boyfriend with a motorbike chain in a prolonged Christmas Eve attack, a court has heard.

Kayden Devlin broke his victim’s arm in the assault at the front door of a house in Balloch.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Tuesday to assaulting his victim by repeatedly striking him on the body with the chain at the property in Woodburn Avenue, Haldane, on December 24 last year.

Prosecutor Joanne Gilmour told the court the victim of the attack had been in a relationship with Devlin’s mother at the time of the incident.

Ms Gilmour said: “The incident took place at 12.15am when there was a knock at the door and the complainer answered it.

“He was confronted by three males, one of whom was the accused in possession of a motorcycle chain. He struck the complainer repeatedly across the upper body with the chain and then left.

“Police were contacted and attended at the house. They reviewed CCTV and Devlin was recognised.

“The complainer was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where it was discovered he had suffered a fracture to his left arm.”

Police were unable to trace Devlin at the time and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He eventually appeared in private at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on January 31, when the case was continued for further enquiries and when Devlin was released on bail.

Defence lawyer Judith Reid said she would reserve her plea in mitigation on Devlin’s behalf until reports are prepared on her client and he returns to court for sentence.

Sheriff Simon Pender deferred sentence until November 27 to obtain a full social background report and a report on whether he is suitable for an electronic tag.

After hearing that Devlin, of McAllister Road, was currently completing a community payback order (CPO) imposed for other offences, the sheriff also asked for a CPO progress report.

Devlin’s bail was continued.

A second accused, Mark Kelly, 25, of Wallace Street, Dumbarton, saw his plea of not guilty to the same offence accepted by the Crown.