Thug stabs man in ke­bab shop rammy

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ALAN WIL­SON AND JAMES SIMP­SON

A GOOD sa­mar­i­tan was stabbed in the street out­side a take­away af­ter chal­leng­ing a thug who was be­ing rude to staff.

Mark Al­lan, 46, launched a vi­cious as­sault on Craig Cos­grove out­side Khans take­away on Brook Street, Broughty Ferry.

Al­lan was in­side the ke­bab shop and was be­ing un­pleas­ant to­wards staff, fis­cal de­pute Lynne Mannion told Dundee Sher­iff Court.

Mr Cos­grove, 32, stepped in to chal­lenge him over his be­hav­iour and Al­lan asked if he wanted a “square go”.

“He pro­duced a knife and Mr Cos­grove kicked out at him,” the fis­cal de­pute said.

The pair then fought in the street and Mr Cos­grove re­ceived sev­eral cuts to his hand, face and neck.

Ms Mannion said Al­lan kicked Mr Cos­grove on the head and body sev­eral times and struck him with the knife – leav­ing him se­ri­ously in­jured. The court heard that CCTV showed Al­lan rain­ing blows on Mr Cos­grove be­fore his vic­tim fought back and got Al­lan on the ground be­fore hit­ting him.

Wit­nesses in­ter­vened and the po­lice were called.

Mr Cos­grove was taken to Ninewells Hospi­tal for treat­ment, where he re­ceived stitches for his wounds, Ms Mannion added.

Speak­ing af­ter the court hear­ing, Mr Cos­grove said: “I’m pleased the man has pleaded guilty. I go out in Broughty Ferry reg­u­larly – I was out­side the take­away when the guy was be­ing rude to staff and I asked him why he was do­ing this.

“He pulled out a Stanley blade. I’ve been left with per­ma­nent scar­ring to my hands and face.

“The in­ci­dent is al­ways play­ing in the back of my mind.

“You’re al­ways look­ing over your shoul­der.”

Mr Cos­grove added: “I’m glad peo­ple were able to come to my as­sis­tance – I didn’t re­ally feel the pain un­til the next day.

“I was work­ing off­shore and was able to re­cover dur­ing my leave but it was a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Al­lan pleaded guilty to a charge of as­sault to se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment.

Sher­iff Alastair Brown de­ferred sen­tence un­til July 9 and re­leased Al­lan on bail mean­time.

DUNDEE City Coun­cil launched its new school meals menu with a prom­ise to de­liver health­ier op­tions to pupils dur­ing term time. The 2017-18 menu will see fruit juice with­drawn and desserts lim­ited to three days to re­duce sugar con­tent. In a move to...

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