A THUG who viciously assaulted his vulnerable cousin in a dispute over his mother’s treatment before her death has avoided jail.

Charles McGinlay, 32, turned on David O’Donnell, 20, in Yoker on May 3, 2019.

McGinlay struck Mr O’Donnell, who has Aspergers, to the ground and kicked him on the head.

He had been enraged about how Mr O’Donnell allegedly assaulted the victim’s mother before she died.

He pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault to Mr O’Donnell’s injury.

McGinlay, of Parkhead, was tagged for three months keeping him indoors between 9.30pm and 6am.

He was also put under supervision for 12 months by Sheriff Lindsay Wood.

The court heard the victim was at an ATM on Dumbarton Road at 2am when he was approached by McGinlay and another man.

Prosecutor Hannah Sweeney said: “McGinlay punched him to the face causing him to fall to stumble back.

“Thereafter, he kicked him to the face causing him to fall to the ground and he continued to kick him to the head.

“The two men entered a taxi while Mr O’Donnell returned home to his grandmother’s.”

Fortunately, Mr O’Donnell escaped with cuts and bruises.

Ian Sievwright, defending, told the court Mr O’Donnell’s mother had severe mental health problems before she died.

The lawyer added: “Mr McGinlay became aware Mr O’Donnell was stealing from his mother and there were occasions she was assaulted over some time.

“On the day of the incident, Mr McGinlay hadn’t seen Mr O’Donnell since the death and there was bad blood between them.

“There was a conversation which took place between them and Mr McGinlay saw red and lost his composure.”

It was also revealed McGinlay has one previous conviction for assault in which he received a fine.