A THUG poured raw eggs over a vulnerable man’s head and shaved off one of his eyebrows during an 18-month campaign of abuse.

William Wallbank befriended the man – who was described as having the mental capacity of a six-year-old – before regularly assaulting him and stealing £3,000 from him.

Wallbank and his friends would take over the victim’s Edinburgh flat for drinking sessions and beat the man by punching and kicking him.

Wallbank, 25, took the man to an ATM and made him take money out while he also stole cash from the man’s wallet.

And on one occasion, the gang arrived at the man’s home in July 2019 and, after he fell asleep, they “poured raw eggs” over his head and “shaved off his left eyebrow”.

The group then told the confused victim that the mess he was covered in was a result of him been sick over himself.

Wallbank admitted carrying out the abuse between January 2018 and July 2019 – as well as assaulting a girlfriend and stealing from her – when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and returned for sentencing last week.

Sheriff Douglas Keir told him he had “taken advantage” of the victims' vulnerabilities and that he had acted in “an appalling manner”.

The sheriff said that the “threshold for custody had been met” but stopped short of imposing a jail sentence and placed Wallbank on a community payback order as a direct alternative.

Wallbank was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and placed on supervision for 18 months.

He will also be electronically tagged and must stay within his home address between 7pm and 7am for the next four months.

Sheriff Keir also issued two non-harassment orders banning Wallbank from contacting both victims for the next 18 months.

Previously, the court was told that Wallbank, of Coalgate Avenue, Tranent, and the victim were reintroduced several years after being at school together.

The court heard that the man felt “pressured into having more people at his home” than he wanted and Wallbank and his gang would turn up for drinking sessions.

Wallbank then stole cash from the man’s wallet, made him take cash out from an ATM and buy him goods from a supermarket.

The court heard that Wallbank stole a total of £3,000 from the man between October 2018 and July 2019.

Wallbank was also said to have “preyed” on a girlfriend who was “too scared to confront the accused due to the repercussions”.

Fiscal depute Anna Robertson said that Wallbank stole £1,500 from the woman, who was also described as being vulnerable.

The abuse came to a halt when the woman and the male victim confided in each other and decided to inform the police.

Wallbank pleaded guilty to assaulting the man by repeatedly striking and pushing him to the body in Musselburgh between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

He also admitted to stealing £3,000 from the man between October 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, in Edinburgh.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting the vulnerable man by seizing him, pushing him on the body, striking him to the head, body and legs and pouring raw eggs over him and shaving off an eyebrow at an address in Edinburgh on July 6 or 7, 2019.

Wallbank pleaded to further charges of assaulting the woman by repeatedly punching her on the leg and to stealing £1,500 from her at various locations between October 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019.