AN EAST Lothian man has been jailed following a bottle attack on a pensioner in Midlothian.

Ian Glen, originally from Tranent, attacked 66-year-old Alexander Howden with the makeshift weapon outside the man’s home in Gorebridge.

Glen, along with co-accused Jason Davidson, 26, repeatedly struck Mr Howden to the head and body during the assault on June 15 this year.

Glen, 32, admitted the attack at a previous court hearing and he returned to the dock from custody last Tuesday.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh said that Mr Howden was a complete stranger to the pair and that the victim had been “very clearly impacted” by the attack.

The sheriff said Mr Howden had lived at the address for more than 30 years without any incident but was now having trouble sleeping at night due to being targeted.

The court heard that Glen had a serious criminal record including a High Court conviction and that “custody was inevitable” due to the seriousness of the assault.

Glen was jailed for three years, backdated to June, and was also told he would be supervised for 12 months following his release.

Davidson, from Mayfield, Midlothian, was jailed for 27 months for his part in the attack and told he would also be supervised for 12 months on his release from prison.

Glen and Davidson admitted assaulting Mr Howden by repeatedly striking him to the head and body with a bottle and repeatedly kicking him to the body at an address in Gorebridge, Midlothian.