Four years’ prison for teen in bru­tal at­tack

Stabbed and robbed vic­tim

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A vi­cious teenage thug from Air­drie who stabbed a neigh­bour and robbed him of £ 100 in an un­pro­voked Box­ing Day at­tack has been jailed for four years.

The 17-year-old, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, had been in­vited into his neigh­bour’s home for a drink. How­ever, while there he slashed the man on the neck and stabbed him in the back in a vi­o­lent out­burst.

At the High Court in Glas­gow last month, the teenager, who has a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for as­sault to se­vere in­jury, ad­mit­ted at­tempted mur­der.

The of­fence was com­mit­ted in Howletnest Road on De­cem­ber 26 last year.

Last week, at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh, judge Lady Scott or­dered the thug to be su­per­vised by the au­thor­i­ties fol­low­ing his re­lease from cus­tody.

She told him that she had no other op­tion but to send him to prison. She said he would have been de­tained for a longer pe­riod if he had gone to trial.

She said: “The sen­tence will be one of four years and you will be su­per­vised for two years.”

At pro­ceed­ings last month, the court heard how the 48-year-old vic­tim was a neigh­bour and there was no his­tory of bad feel­ing be­tween them.

In the early hours of Box­ing Day the com­plainer went out­side for a smoke and saw the ac­cused, who was also smok­ing.

The two started chat­ting and the man in­vited the ac­cused into his home. They had a few drinks and chat­ted.

Then, with­out warn­ing, the ac­cused pro­duced a knife from the waist­band of his trousers and struck the com­plainer on the left side of his neck and shouted: “Where’s your f****** money?”

The neigh­bour handed over £100, but the 17- year- old de­manded more and be­came more ag­gres­sive.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mark McGuire said: “The ac­cused re­peat­edly nicked the com­plainer’s neck with the knife which caused him to fear for his life.”

The vic­tim man­aged to run out of his house to a nearby prop­erty, leav­ing a trail of blood in his wake.

He had been stabbed in the back and col­lapsed.

The man suf­fered mul­ti­ple slash wounds to the left side of his neck and re­quired stitches.

He suf­fered a col­lapsed lung due to the stab wound and had to have a chest drain in­serted, but did not re­quire surgery.

The 17-year-old also ad­mit­ted steal­ing his neigh­bour’s car, drink driv­ing and hav­ing no li­cence or in­surance.

Th­ese of­fences were com­mit­ted in Howletnest Road and nearby Knox Street, also on De­cem­ber 26.

The ac­cused was seen by po­lice leav­ing the car and hold­ing a Buck­fast bot­tle and then re­turn­ing to the ve­hi­cle and throw­ing the bot­tle into it.

The neigh­bour con­firmed that his car had been parked out­side his home and he had not given the ac­cused per­mis­sion to drive it.

The court was told the ac­cused has a record of con­vic­tions which be­gan when he was 15. One in­volved an in­ci­dent with a metal pole; an­other a base­ball bat; and one for pos­ses­sion of a knife.

De­fence ad­vo­cate Mar­garet Bres­lin told the court her client had re­cently been di­ag­nosed with At­ten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tiv­ity Dis­or­der.

At­tempted mur­der Howletnest Road

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