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A man who smeared himself with blood before attacking a teenage boy has been electronically tagged.Liam McGuinness put his hands around the youngster's neck and choked him, shouting "stop breathing".Airdrie Sheriff Court heard that the boy's shocked mother witnessed part of the attack when she was called to the scene.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android McGuinness, 22, admitted carrying out the assault in a wooded area near Mitchell Street, Coatbridge, on May 6 last year.Sheriff Paul Haran imposed an electronic tagging order, putting him on a curfew for the next nine months, as an alternative to jail.The court heard that McGuinness, the victim and other youths were in the area at about 8.15pm.Lauren Cole, prosecuting, said: "McGuinness became agitated, took a drink from a bottle of Buckfast and smashed the bottle, causing a cut to his arm."He began to bleed and smeared blood over his face and body."He approached the boy, took hold of his head with both hands and headbutted him, knocking him to the ground."McGuinness then began to walk about, muttering to himself, before going back to the boy who was still lying on the ground."He straddled him, placed his hands around his neck and applied pressure, shouting 'stop breathing'."The other youths shouted at McGuinness to stop but he continued to shout

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