Two drunken thugs battered an innocent shopkeeper after he wouldn’t sell them booze.
Robert Cleland, 28, and his mate Craig Douglas, 24, left Ilhan Ahmedov covered in blood with a broken nose and cheekbone as well as heavy bruising to his face.
Mr Ahmedov told how he believed the two men "would have killed me" if they had managed to get him on the ground.
Cleland repeatedly punched and kicked Mr Ahmedov during the vicious beating in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland – but managed to dodge a jail sentence.
But Douglas was locked up for 18 months, the Daily Record reports.
The vicious attack was only stopped when the thugs spotted a passerby phoning the police on them as they attacked Mr Ahmedov outside the family run store.
Cleland, of Tolbooth Wynd, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to the assault at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and he returned to court today for sentencing.
Sheriff Kenneth McGowan told the thug he had carried out a "sustained assault" and caused "serious injury" to the shopkeeper, but stopped short of jailing Cleland.
Instead he placed the thug on a two-year supervision order and told him he must pay his victim £2000 in compensation.
Cleland will also have to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and attend alcohol counselling sessions as part of a court conduct requirement.
Accomplice Craig Douglas was caged for 18 months by Sheriff Nigel Ross for his part in the drunken attack when he pleaded guilty at the capital court in November last year.
The shop owner, who has been in Scotland for two years, said the thugs demanded cash from him during the incident and he still suffers from flashbacks due to the violence.
He said: "They told me they wanted money before saying me that I was ‘a minority’ and ‘this is our country’.
"I am really disappointed that the second guy did not get jailed as this was a horrific attack on me and my business.
"They said they were drunk and could not remember, but that is no excuse. I feel a bit let down by the justice system."
Previously the court was told Cleland and Douglas turned up at the Monktonhall Newsagents demanding alcohol at around 8.15pm on August 10 last year.
Mr Ahmedov, 39, told the pair he did not have an alcohol licence and politely asked them to leave the premises as he was feeling intimidated.
But instead the men turned violent and grabbed the shocked shop owner before dragging him outside the small store into the street.
The pair then began punching and kicking Mr Ahmedov to the head and body as he tried to protect himself from the blows.
Both men were subsequently traced by officers after they were identified from the shop’s CCTV footage.
Last month prosecutor Peter Motion told the court both attackers were "intoxicated" when they entered the shop and that Mr Ahmedov immediately "felt scared by their presence and pressed the shop’s panic alarm".
Mr Motion added: "He tried to usher them out of the shop but at the front door they attacked the complainer.
"The accused repeatedly punched him to the head and body and he fell to the ground.
"The complainer got up and they took it in turns to punch the complainer to the head and body.
"The partner of the complainer hit the accused as she tried to protect the complainer.
"Passers-by also stopped in a bid to calm the situation down and the two men ran away."
The court also heard Douglas, from Musselburgh, had been taking valium and alcohol that evening and once inside the shop he began shouting racial slurs towards Mr Ahmedov.
Cleland and Douglas pleaded guilty to assaulting Ilhan Ahmedov by pushing him on the body, seizing him by the neck, dragging him along the ground and repeatedly punching him to the head and body all to his severe injury at Eskview Terrace, Musselburgh, on August 10 last year.
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