A TRANENT man who assaulted two shop workers by spitting on one and gouging at the eyes of a second victim has escaped a jail sentence.

Cameron Goodall launched violent attacks on Samantha Thomson and George Thomson during an incident at the pair’s convenience store on the town’s Winton Place.

Goodall, 20, spat on Ms Thomson’s head before he assaulted Mr Thomson by pushing him on the body, causing the man to fall to the ground where he was said to have struck his head.

The attacker then straddled Mr Thomson and gouged at his eyes, causing severe injury on November 3, 2021.

Goodall, of Potter’s Path, also committed a second offence when he assaulted Julie Smith and Txomin Bouso at Fleets Villa, Elphinstone, on August 15, 2021.

The court was told that he pushed Ms Smith on the body, spat on her and pushed her to the floor during the disturbing attack.

He also spat on Mr Bouso’s head and repeatedly punched the man to the head and body.

Goodall pleaded guilty to all four assaults during an appearance in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this year. He was back at the city court for sentencing last Thursday where Sheriff Kenneth Campbell KC spared him a prison sentence and instead imposed a community-based disposal as a direct alternative to jail.

Sheriff Campbell KC said he had read a victim statement from shop worker Ms Smith which said that memories of the attack continued to cause her concern.

The sheriff said to Goodall: “These are both serious matters, do you understand that? Each of them on their own are troubling.

“It is clear alcohol is something you should be staying away from.

“But I also take account that you are now doing your best to avoid alcohol and substances off your own bat.”

Goodall was placed on a supervision order for the next two years and must attend sessions with the local mental health team and engage with alcohol and substance misuse services as a part of a conduct requirement.

He was also told he cannot contact or approach all four complainers in the two cases for the length of the court order.