Good Samaritan attacked as he came to aid of brother and sister


By Anna Gault and Amanda MacMillan

A GOOD Samaritan was viciously beaten after trying to help a brother and sister whose car was being attacked by a gang.

The 57-year-old needed hospital treatment for a broken nose following the incident in Edinburgh.

The city’s sheriff court heard today (Tue) that a 27-year-old man and his 25-year-old sister were in a car in Cables Wynd when a gang of began kicking the vehicle and trying to get inside.

A neighbour saw the incident from his window and went outside the help the couple.

They managed to drive away and alert the police but the gang then launched an unprovoked attack on the man, repeatedly punching him in the head.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court Yargo Kirkopoulos, 20, pled guilty to conducting himself in a disorderly manner, committing breach of the peace and assaulting a 57-year-old man during the late night incident on 30 November last year.

Depute fiscal Melanie Ward said the victim had tried to talk to the four members of the gang but they attacked him.

The man tried to get away from the group but was followed by Kirkopoulos who continued to punch him in the face for what was described as “30 seconds”.

The rest of the group then caught up and the victim was kicked in the head by one of the other three men and fell to the ground.

Police and ambulance arrived on the scene and the victim was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh were it was found that he had a broken nose.

Graeme Clark, representing the accused, said: “There was no incident in the build-up to this which explains his actions.”

He also highlighted that it was one of the other men who kicked the victim forcing him to fall to the ground.

Sheriff Kenneth Maciver deferred sentence until 15 March so that a social enquiry report and a community service assessment could be logged.