A 43-year-old from Selkirk accused of assaulting a man by repeatedly striking him on the head with a hammer to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement has walked free following a three day jury trial at the town’s sheriff court.

Paul Lamb had denied the offence which was said to have happened at his Buccleuch Road home on April 10 last year.

He had lodged a special defence of self-defence.

The case against Lamb was found to be not proven.