A MAN has been found guilty of attempting to murder a youth on the southside of Glasgow.
In the unprovoked attack, Michael Beuckmann (20) lead an assault with two friends — Corrie McLaren and Dylan Stewart (both 19) — on the unsuspecting boy, 16-year-old Evan Mulrine.
The court had heard how Mr Mulrine had been out with friends on Victoria Road on February 16.
They were later joined by Beuckmann and his cohorts.
Although Mr Mulrine didn’t know them, they were known to some of the group.
Later on Mr Mulrine, who is described as a small, skinny and quiet boy, found himself alone with the three.
One of them asked the youth if he wanted to go out for a cigarette, and he followed them to an area of Prince Edward Street in Crosshill.
It was then that Beuckmann attacked the boy, punching him on the face several times.
McLaren and Stewart joined in the attack and knocked the youth unconcsious before Stewart ran off with Mr Mulrine’s haversack.
A local resident, who witnessed the attack, said it was “horrible to watch”.
The schoolboy was rushed to the Victoria Infirmary where he was found to have a spinal injury and bleeding on the brain.
The 16-year-old also had multiple fractures to his nose and face, needed surgery for a damaged cheekbone and had a plate inserted at his eye socket.
Prosecuting, advocate-depute Murdoch MacTaggart told the High Court in Glasgow: “Doctors were of the opinion that a very significant amount of force would have been used to inflict these injuries.
“Without medical intervention, the boy would have died.”
After the attack, Beuckmann fled before the police arrived.
At the hostel where he was staying, Beuckmann boasted to a friend: “Can’t believe what happened last night. Heavy smashed some boy — jumped all over his nut.”
Beuckmann admitted the charge of attempted murder, while his two friends pled guilty to the reduced charge of assault.
Judge Lord Turnbull remanded all three in custody and deferred sentencing until July 23 at the High Court in Edinburgh.