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Lanarkshire thug found guilty of brutal assault with knife and hammer

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A thug was convicted of a knife and hammer attack after a reluctant witness changed her story. Lee Hamilton, 31, of Forgewood Road, Motherwell, was found guilty of assaulting his victim to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life, and robbing him.

Co-accused William Smith, 31, of Imperial Drive, Airdrie, was cleared of the charge. 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 Hamilton Sheriff Court heard the attack happened in Ettrick Avenue, Bellshill in April 2018.

Witness Leeanne Campbell was charged with perjury after giving a version of the events to the court.She then returned to the witness box and admitted what she'd said earlier was lies.Asked by Neil Thomson, prosecuting, if anything had happened to her after giving evidence, Ms Campbell replied: "I was charged with perjury."Police officers had asked her why she lied and she told them of "concerns" she had about speaking up.Ms Campbell then assured the fiscal she was about to give a true account of the events that happened inside and outside her home in Ettrick Avenue.She said a number of people, including both accused, were there and the male victim was attacked after sending texts to a female.Ms Campbell, 28, said Hamilton and Smith punched and kicked him in her living room.She heard Hamilton yell 'Stab him' and saw Smith

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