Ex-con­sul­tant who hatched evil plan jailed

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

A dis­graced for­mer Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Mon­k­lands con­sul­tant caught with an ar­ray of lethal weapons and a sin­is­ter “as­sas­si­na­tion list”has been jailed for 12 years.

Last month, we re­ported on how Dr Martin Watt com­piled a list of“bad guys” he blamed for his dis­missal from the Air­drie hos­pi­tal and hatched an evil plan to“as­sas­si­nate”them.

He was con­victed of in­tent to en­dan­ger life after po­lice dis­cov­ered three Sko­r­pion sub-ma­chine guns, two Val­tro pis­tols and am­mu­ni­tion in­clud­ing 57 dum-dum bul­lets when they searched his Con­dor­rat home last May, fol­low­ing a tip-off.

A jury at the High Court in Glas­gow took just 75 min­utes to con­vict the 62-year-old of hav­ing the weapons with the in­tent to en­dan­ger life; the first of­fender had ad­mit­ted the pos­ses­sion of weapons and am­mu­ni­tion.

Send­ing Watt to prison, judge Lady Stacey said:“You had live am­mu­ni­tion. The weapons were all in work­ing or­der be­cause you re­ac­ti­vated them.

“It is sad to see a man who has held your po­si­tion in this sit­u­a­tion, but I must pro­tect the pub­lic.”

For­mer A&E con­sul­tant Watt worked as a doc­tor for 32 years be­fore he was dis­missed in 2012 after dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures.

The judge added:“In your ev­i­dence, you de­scribed a list of names in an en­ve­lope on which you had writ­ten the words‘bad guys’as your as­sas­si­na­tion list.

“You had re­searched routes to some ad­dresses; you told the jury you prac­tised shoot­ing to make your­self a bet­ter marks­man.

“The jury did not ac­cept your as­ser­tion you in­tended to do no harm and you wrote things out and did re­search as a way to make your­self feel bet­ter.”

Lady Stacey also granted a se­ri­ous crime preven­tion or­der that will re­strict Watt’s use of the in­ter­net and ban him from en­ter­ing any NHS es­tab­lish­ment with­out good rea­son for five years after his re­lease.

Dur­ing his trial, Watt chill­ingly told the court he had“as­sessed how to as­sas­si­nate”peo­ple on the list and “ex­press my thoughts on pa­per”, with the plans be­ing based on the plot of Robert De Niro film Killer Elite, about a group of mer­ce­nar­ies – but said he had no in­ten­tion of ever car­ry­ing out the scheme.

He added:“Play­ing out the ret­ri­bu­tion game on pa­per gave me some sort of com­fort. I do not see my­self as a dan­ger to the pub­lic.”

Be­hind bars Martin Watt has been jailed for 12 years

Live am­mu­ni­tion Watt had an ex­ten­sive cache of weapons

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