A COUNCIL worker has appeared in court for bludgeoning a colleague with a golf club earlier this year.

West Dunbartonshire Council employee Kenneth Brown, 52, attacked a fellow worker with the club on February 1, at a footpath near to Redburn, Alexandria, and faces a jail sentence.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard last Wednesday how Brown assaulted the male colleague by hitting him over the head with a golf club, knocking his colleague to the ground and causing him severe injury and disfigurement.

Prosecutor Claire Nicholls said: “Brown and the complainer were part of a West Dunbartonshire Council team who were laying turf in the area.

“During the course of their work Brown was mocking the victim and after lunch [the complainer] decided he was leaving. An argument ensued.

“Brown followed [the victim] and hit him over the head with a golf club. He struck him on the forehead causing him to fall to the ground.

“He was taken to Vale of Leven Hospital where he received four stitches which will cause permanent scarring.

“On March 20 Brown went to Clydebank police office where he was interviewed and and charged. He appeared in private at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on April 11 and was released on bail.”

Brown’s lawyers placed two “testimonials” from employers in front of Sheriff William Gallacher, who told Brown, of Craigard, Arrochar: “This was an unpleasant and serious matter. I will consider all options.

“Striking a person on the head with a golf club could have had serious consequences.”

Sentence was deferred until September 28 to obtain a full social background report. Bail was continued.