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Builder avoids jail after battering boss

posted 10 Mar 2009, 05:48 by David Rintoul   [ updated 17 Nov 2009, 19:17 ]

A builder who battered his boss with a spade after being ordered off a housing development has escaped a jail sentence.

Rodney Murney, 39, hit David Ronaldson with a shovel when the 47-year-old works manager told him to pack-up.

Mr Ronaldson had minutes earlier found Murney arguing with a workmate over a £3,000 window which had been smashed.

But as the sub-contractor left the site he swung the tool at Mr Ronaldson who, despite wearing a hard-hat at the time, was knocked to the ground and left with massive swelling to his head.

But today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court Murney was given an 18 month probation order after he had earlier admitted assaulting Mr Ronaldson to his injury.

He will also have to attend anger management counselling.