Teenager stabbed drunk pal af­ter row

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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