Teenager stabbed drunk pal after row
A teenage knife thug has admitted stabbing a youth in East Kilbride town centre.
Castlemilk yob Liam Rae (18) was part of a gang of youths hanging around a bus stance at Cornwall Way on May 7 last year.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard on Friday that his male victim was also part of the group and was extremely drunk.
Fiscal depute Lauren McRobert said: “The complainer started acting aggressively towards the other members of the group.
“He made his way towards the underpass adjacent to the bus stop.
“At that point the complainer removed his upper clothing and began challenging members of the group.
“The accused approached the complainer and lunged towards him, striking him with a pocket knife.”
The court was told at that point a police car passed and the other youths stopped the officers.
They saw the shirtless victim had an injury to the lower left hand side of his back.
The accused and other youths fled the scene.
A short time later Rae, of Stravannan Gardens, was arrested 40 metres from the scene.
He was detained and taken to East Kilbride Police Station.
During the short drive to the Andrew Street station Rae confessed to officers: “Aye I was fighting. It was my knife I stabbed him with. It was a small knife.”
The victim was taken to Hairmyres Hospital where he was treated for a 1cm puncture wound. He did not need surgery or stitches. Ms McRobert told the court the victim refused to cooperate with police.
Sheriff Shiona Waldron granted bail and deferred sentence until April 29 for background reports.
A female co-accused from East Kilbride, who legally cannot be named, pleaded not guilty to the assault charge and that was accepted by the Crown.
Thug Liam Rae