A former squaddie who beat cancer three separate times has been left brutally beaten in his own home by thugs.

James Clune, a 75-year-old from Aberdeen, was ambushed in his own home after returning from a night at the bingo when two men forced their way into the flat.

The pensioner has since suffered a broken nose, stab wound to the leg and fractured cheekbone and was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment.

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Police are still on the hunt for one man involved in the incident, while the second perpetrator appeared in court in connection with the attack that left the pensioner bloodied and bruised.

The disgusting attack occurred just a short while after James, who has battled tongue, mouth and throat cancer for more than a decade, returned from a five-day period in hospital.

His brother Stephen Clunes, 61, recalled that the former Scots Guard colour sergeant of 30 years experience was terrified to return to his home and spoke of the mental and physical impact the incident had left on him.

Stephen said: "James is very sore and extremely bruised. Emotionally, he's in a difficult place. He is putting a brave face on and playing it down, but I know my brother and he'll take a big hit from this."

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Brother Stephen continued: "It will have a big effect on him and it's still very raw in his mind. He normally would've been at the Forces Parade on Saturday morning but he chose not to go.

"But when he felt a bit better in the evening, he jumped on the bus to the local social club to play some bingo then took the bus home at night.

"We've not fully discussed what's happened yet. It's difficult for him to speak about things at the best of times."

A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged assault and appeared in court on charges of hamesucken, abduction, assault to injury, permanent disfigurement and robbery.

No plea was made and police enquiries to trace the second man are ongoing, Daily Record reported.

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