Jul 29 2011 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Friday
A FORMER soldier who carried out a brutal assault in a Stirling nightclub that left a man scarred for life has been jailed for 18 months.
Stirling Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday how Aaron Hynd (22) had served in the Royal Engineers for between four and five years, including tours of duty in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
But Hynd, who left the forces last year, was jailed this week having previously been convicted at trial last month of the vicious attack on his victim.
The incident itself took place in the Fubar, in the city's Maxwell Place, on July 18 last year.
At last month’s trial, the assault victim told the court how he had gone out for an evening with friends and were in the Stirling club at around 2am when the attack took place.
Hynd, who denied the assault, was found guilty of striking the other man to the head, knocking him to the ground and repeatedly punching and kicking him to the head and body, all to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.
The assault victim apparently required six stitches to a wound on the bridge of his nose, and a further six stitches to his earlobe following the incident.
Representing Hynd, who appeared from custody, his agent this week said that his client had served his country “with distinction”.
He added that there was only one previous conviction but that Hynd was currently serving a prison sentence.
Sentencing, Sheriff Wyllie Robertson said: “The jury unanimously convicted you of this remaining charge, assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.”
Hynd, of Mull Court, Alloa, was then jailed for 18 months.