“Middle class gangster” sentenced for attack near castle over £20 cannabis deal

A Scots welder was sentenced to unpaid work after concocting a “ludicrous” plot to attack another man in the grounds of a 15th century castle over a £20 cannabis deal.

Joshua George lured his victim to the Dundas Castle estate in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, before assaulting him.

Covered in blood, the injured man sought help from two guests at the historic castle who were having dinner.

George’s defence agent previously branded a feud between the two men as “classic middle class gangsterism” which was started by the “ridiculous” £20 dispute.

George, 21, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday after sentencing was deferred last month for reports.

The attack took place in the grounds of historic Dundas Castle

Defence agent Chris Fehilly presented medical records to the court to show George was treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after allegedly being assaulted.

The solicitor said George had been attacked a week before the incident at the castle by the same man he targeted.

Mr Fehilly said: “Mr George, for reasons best known to himself, did not inform the authorities.”

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