A Dundee golfer butchered by a chainsaw in a city park hopes his attacker will be given a lengthy jail sentence.
Athur Innes says he will “never forget” the incident at Caird Park after Joe Henry Brown admitted to the attempted murder of the grandfather in broad daylight.
The 45-year-old appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday and admitted attacking Mr Innes on May 2 at Caird Park Golf Club.
Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Innes by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with a chainsaw and attempting to murder him.
He also admitted an amended charge of assaulting Andrew Hay by repeatedly punching him on the body, seizing him by the head and pushing him to the ground.
Advocate depute Owen Mullan said Brown, a father-of-three, had approached Mr Innes and two other men on the golf course and was “topless, shoeless and shouting and swearing”, with a chainsaw in his hand.
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His eyes were said to be “bulging out of his head” and he appeared to be heavily under the influence of drugs. He then ran towards Mr Innes and struck him with the running chainsaw.
Mr Innes sustained a two-inch laceration to his upper arm, leaving a “significant scar”.
While Brown was making his way on to the Kingsway, a driver was forced to take evasive action. He also said Brown’s eyes were “bulging” and he appeared to be heavily under the influence of a substance.
Prior to his arrest, a nearby resident discovered Brown in the common close of his property, where he told the woman he had “attacked someone with a chainsaw on a golf course”, then asked her “to hit him over the head with a stone and kill him”.
A lawyer representing Brown, who was found with drugs including cocaine, said his client’s actions had been due to substance misuse.
Sentence was deferred until October 26 and Brown was remanded in custody.
Speaking today Mr Innes said he hoped Brown would be locked up “for a very long time”.
He said: “What he put me and my friends through that day was petrifying. I will never forget the look on his face with his eyes popping out of his head.
“He could have had my arm cut off, blinded me or even killed me. Had I have fallen, I assume he would have chopped me up.”