Communities praised after entertainer’s attackers are convicted

Police in Moray have welcomed the conviction of a man and woman over what they described as a ‘rare and vicious’ attack on a well known club entertainer.

June McIntosh from Buckie and John Fisher from Wishaw were found guilty by a jury at Elgin Sheriff Court over an assault on nightclub singer Andy Layton James.

Mr Layton James was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin for treatment after the attack at his home in Findochty on February 2 last year. The singer managed to escape his attackers and seek help from a neighbour before being taken to hospital.

McIntosh and Fisher were released on bail and will reappear for sentencing on January 30. The case against Fisher’s brother, Alexander, was found not proven.

In a Police Scotland statement following the verdict Detective Sergeant Neil Campbell praised the local community for their assistance in investigations.

He said: “This was a targeted and nasty assault on an individual who was simply going about their own business and we welcome the conviction of John Fisher and June McIntosh who must now pay for their part in this despicable incident.

“Incidents like this are rare in Moray and I would like to thank the communities of Findochty, Portknockie and Buckie for their assistance with our investigation which has resulted in these convictions.

“We will not tolerate violence in our communities and we will continue to work with the public and keep them safe.”

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