A TRANENT man who was the victim of an attempted murder bid in Musselburgh last New Year has appeared in court.

Rhys Reynolds was attacked by a group of men and left with serious injuries when he was set upon by a gang on Hogmanay 2018.

Several men were handed lengthy jail terms for the attack on Reynolds following a high court trial last year.

Now the 27-year-old construction worker has appeared in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court himself and admitted chasing a man and acting aggressively.

Reynolds, of Caesar Road, pleaded guilty to behaving in an aggressive manner and pursuing Lewis Whitson at Elphinstone Road, Tranent, on March 11 last year.

He then shouted, swore and repeatedly banged on a door at a property in the street, all while acting aggressively.

Reynolds pleaded guilty to the offence in front of Sheriff Roderick Flinn at the city court last Thursday.

Sheriff Flinn fined Reynolds £100.

Reynolds was struck with knives and a metal pole during the brutal December 31, 2018, attack.

Aaron Thomson, Dillin Armstrong, Kane Reilly, Dean Riding and a 16-year-old youth who cannot be identified for legal reasons were all convicted of attempting to murder Reynolds following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last year.

Jayson Dodds was convicted of assault to injury.

Last week, three of the attackers successfully appealed against their sentences.

Thomson and Riding had their jail terms reduced by appeal judges, while Dodds had his jail term quashed and will instead carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.