A 17-YEAR-OLD who left a teenager in danger of losing his sight after a vicious street attack in Alexandria will be sentenced at the end of this month.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was due to be sentenced at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Tuesday, but the hearing was told that background reports which were previously called for were yet to be prepared.

Surgeons had to step in to save the sight of the victim following a “disgraceful” daylight attack in Main Street on March 23.

A court was told how the 16-year-old victim was punched, kicked and stamped upon during what was described as a “completely unprovoked attack” on a boy out buying lunch with pals.

The beating the young schoolboy suffered was so severe he sustained a detached retina in his right eye – along with bruises and wounds on his head and body.

During the attack the weeping victim, who was also pushed into a garden fence, pleaded with his attacker – who the victim knew – to stop, asking: “What have I done?”

But the beating was only halted when a Good Samaritan stepped out from her vehicle to intervene.

Sheriff William Gallacher told the court: “This was a disgraceful attack on a young boy and the level of violence was extreme, long and sustained.

“This was an unprovoked attack and it’s a very serious matter. It’s hard to visualise marking this by anything other than a significant custodial sentence.”

The attacker pleaded guilty to repeatedly punching his victim on the head, pushing the boy into a garden fence, seizing him by the body, throwing him to the ground, repeatedly punching him on the head and body and stamping on his body – all to the victim’s injury.

The sheriff deferred sentence further until November 29, for a Criminal Justice Social Work Report. Bail was continued.