A DAN­GER TO THE PUB­LIC

Sher­iff’s mes­sage to thug as he sends him to jail

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Deb­bie Hall

A young thug who helped a friend win a ‘square go’ by re­peat­edly slash­ing the man his pal was fight­ing has been jailed.

Matiss Grigucs – who used a Stan­ley knife to scar his vic­tim for life – was branded “a dan­ger to the pub­lic” by a sher­iff. A court heard po­lice re­cov­ered CCTV footage from out­side a restau­rant in Liv­ingston which clearly showed Grigucs car­ry­ing out the vi­cious, un­pro­voked at­tack.

Of­fi­cers were also handed mo­bile phone footage which Grigucs sent his vic­tim show­ing him hold­ing the or­ange-han­dled weapon and chant­ing: “Your blood, your blood!”

Grigucs ear­lier pled guilty to re­peat­edly strik­ing the man on the head and body with a knife at the pre-ar­ranged fight at 7am on April 2 this year.

Medics at St John’s Hospi­tal glued a wound on top of the vic­tim’s right ear shut, in­serted five stitches in a 6cm cut on his left cheek and put a fur­ther five stitches in a cut above his right hip.

Jail­ing Grigucs for 32 months at Liv­ingston Sher­iff Court on Mon­day, Sher­iff Peter Ham­mond told the 21- year- old: “This

was ap­palling con­duct. You at­tended an in­ci­dent which was a con­fronta­tion be­tween oth­ers and you did so armed with a knife.

“You be­came in­volved and you struck the com­plainer on the head and body with the knife to his se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment.

“This was wicked and ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour.

“You have an atro­cious record, in­clud­ing a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion on in­dict­ment for the same of­fence – an ag­gra­vated as­sault.

“You’re a dan­ger to the pub­lic and only a cus­to­dial sen­tence is ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Sher­iff Ham­mond said he would back­date the prison sen­tence to May 8 this year, when Grigucs was first re­manded.

But he added: “In my judg­ment, in or­der to pro­tect the pub­lic from se­ri­ous harm on your re­lease, I’ll make a su­per­vised re­lease or­der for a pe­riod of 12 months.”

He told Grigucs he would have to un­der­take of­fence­fo­cussed work on prob­lem­solv­ing and at­ti­tudes to of­fend­ing.

He said the ac­cused would also have to en­gage with NHS ad­dic­tion ser­vices to ad­dress his al­co­hol and sub­stance mis­use.

In ad­di­tion, he banned Grigucs from ap­proach­ing or con­tact­ing his vic­tim fol­low­ing his re­lease with­out the prior ap­proval of his so­cial worker.

The sher­iff warned that he would be re­turned to prison if he breached any of the con­di­tions.

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