MORE than 1,000 Dundonians have signed a petition in support of an elderly father who was viciously assaulted in a supermarket.
Murray Dewar, of the city’s Hepburn Street, struck Jack Wemyss, 83, on the head with a shopping basket at Tesco in Strathmartine Road last year.
The attack left Jack — who has had part of his legs amputated due to suffering from diabetes — with a horrific injury to his eye.
At Dundee Sheriff Court, Dewar pleaded guilty to the incident.
But after considering Dewar’s behaviour since the attack, Sheriff Alistair Carmichael admonished the 45-year-old in April.
A group of people at Hilltown Market, where Jack is a regular customer, decided to organise the petition, calling for a review of Dewar’s sentencing.
Jack’s son Peter said: “I spoke to my lawyer about taking on a criminal injury case, aimed at winning damages for my dad’s injuries, and he has agreed to take on the case.
“I also want to take the case to the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh.
“Whether Dewar did what he did with a shopping basket, a hammer or a chisel, he still did it — the weapon shouldn’t matter.
“I don’t think he was charged with the right offence.
“Some of the guys with stalls at the Hilltown Market have read about what happened in the Tele and were shocked the guy got off with an admonishment.
“They decided to start the petition, and it’s already received a lot of support.
“My dad is well-known and well-liked there.
“I think 1,000 signatures shows the level of support and disgust with what has happened.
“There is a lot of public interest in my dad’s case.”
Peter said Jack was admitted to Ninewells last week after suffering a minor stroke.
But Peter said his father was “on the mend”.
He added that the support from the people at the Hilltown Market had raised his father’s spirits.
A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service, which will handle any appeal made by Peter or Jack, said: “We note the decision of the court.”