Scots dad left man with skull showing through "graphic" head wound after snooker hall attack

By Alan McEwen

A dad left a man with a gaping wound showing his skull after a snooker hall attack which saw the victim strike his head on a fruit machine.

Graeme Lunn knocked Michael Brown to the ground during the vicious assault after hearing an alleged comment about his son Kieran Lunn.

Michael, whose daughter had previously been in a relationship with Kieran, needed stitches to close the bloody gash.

Lunn, 54, pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to assaulting Michael to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

His son, 23, had faced the same charge but his not guilty plea was accepted by the Crown.

Fiscal depute Rosie Cook said Lunn and his son had been in the Corner Pocket in Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Ms Cook said it was was about 8pm and father and son were playing snooker and drinking.

The court heard Michael had come into the centre about two hours previously with pals to watch the Scotland v Israel football game on TV.

Ms Cook said Michael’s daughter was the ex-girlfriend of Kieran Lunn and he noticed him playing snooker.

She said witnesses heard Michael make a comment to Kieran similar to, “There is a one in ten chance of you leaving alive”.

The prosecutor told the hearing: “(Graeme Lunn) was seen to strike (Michael) in the face, knocking him to the corner of the room and continued to punch him repeatedly.

“(Michael) then fell to the floor as a result of that and struck his head on the bottom of one of the gaming machines.

“Witnesses saw (Michael) bleeding heavily as both the accused and his son headed for the exit.”

The court heard police attended following the incident on September 4 last year and found Michael “with an injury so deep his skull was visible”.

Ms Cook told Sheriff Kenneth Campbell QC there were photos available for him to see of the wound but warned: “It’s quite graphic.”

Sheriff Campbell studied the image then said: “It is graphic.”

Ms Cook said medical staff gave the injury 12 stitches to close it.

During Thursday’s hearing, Sheriff Campbell deferred sentence on Lunn, of Dalkeith, until next month for reports.

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