Ben­bec­ula man guilty of stab­bing

The Oban Times - - News -

A MAN from Ben­bec­ula is be­hind bars af­ter be­ing con­victed of at­tack­ing a woman on the is­land.

An­gus Mac­Don­ald stabbed Anne Stewart once with a knife at a house in Gri­m­in­ish on Jan­uary 2 of this year.

The 49-year- old, of Churchill, also in the Gri­m­in­ish area, had orig­i­nally faced an al­le­ga­tion of at­tempted mur­der but, af­ter a trial at the High Court in Glas­gow last week, Mac­Don­ald was found guilty of the re­duced charge of as­sault.

The jury ruled that he had acted un­der provo­ca­tion.

Judge Ken­neth MacIver re­manded Mac­Don­ald as he de­ferred sen­tenc­ing un­til later this month for re­ports.

He told Mac­Don­ald: ‘This is a se­ri­ous mat­ter and I will have to im­pose a cus­to­dial sen­tence.’

The court heard how the woman had ini­tially hit Mac­Don­ald dur­ing a drunken row. He then grabbed a knife and lashed out at his vic­tim, who he had known for 12 years.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, the vic­tim re­quired to have a chest drain in­serted into her wound, which was de­scribed as po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing.

Mac­Don­ald had de­nied the at­tack and had lodged a spe­cial de­fence of self- de­fence.

The jury was told the woman has since left Ben­bec­ula.

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