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