Jail for man who used saw to cut vic­tim’s fin­gers

Strathearn Herald - - HERALD VIEW - Court Re­porter

A man was left scarred for life af­ter he was at­tacked with a saw dur­ing an ar­gu­ment in Auchter­arder.

Barry Stewart was left “bleed­ing heav­ily” af­ter the fin­gers of his right hand were cut by the blade.

He went to Perth Royal In­fir­mary where he had “sev­eral stitches” in­serted in the wounds.

“It was noted it was likely to cause per­ma­nent scar­ring to his right hand,” de­pute fis­cal Claire Kennedy told Perth Sher­iff Court.

The in­ci­dent led to his as­sailant, 36-year-old Steven Sin­clair, of Reid Place, Cri­eff, be­ing jailed for six months this week.

He ad­mit­ted strik­ing Mr Stewart with the bow saw in The Feus, Auchter­arder, on Au­gust 10 this year.

A 12-month driv­ing ban was also im­posed af­ter he pled guilty to driv­ing a car while dis­qual­i­fied and hav­ing no in­sur­ance the same day.

He was only weeks into a five-month ban im­posed on June 29.

The court heard that the ac­cused had turned up in a car at his part­ner’s house about 3.30pm that af­ter­noon.

He parked out­side, walked up to Mr Stewart and shouted: “Get away from my missus.”

There was “some kind of al­ter­ca­tion” be­fore the ac­cused walked back to the car and re­turned with the saw.

“He then at­tempted to hit him on the side of the body with it,” ex­plained the fis­cal.

“The com­plainer put his hand up to de­fend him­self and grabbed the blade of the saw.

“The ac­cused then pulled it back and cut all the fin­gers of the com­plainer’s hand.”

Solic­i­tor John McLaugh­lin said the ac­cused had been at his mother’s house do­ing some work when he re­ceived a call from his girl­friend stat­ing her ex-part­ner was caus­ing trou­ble out­side her house.

He then re­ceived a fur­ther call in­form­ing him that “things were be­com­ing se­ri­ous.”

The lawyer added: “He ac­cepts he went there to tell the other man to leave in no un­cer­tain terms.”

Sin­clair claimed he had ini­tially been struck by the other man.

He ac­cepted it had been “stu­pid­ity” to drive his car so soon af­ter he had been banned.

Jail­ing him, Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade said: “This was a se­ri­ous as­sault which re­sulted in per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment.”

Given his record and the na­ture of the as­sault charge, a prison term was jus­ti­fied.

Cut all the fin­gers of the com­plainer’s hand

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