Knife thug ‘a risk to the pub­lic’

At­tacker jailed for 7 years

Wishaw Press - - CHARITY NIGHT - Vic Rod­dick

A bru­tal knife thug has been caged for seven years af­ter a judge branded him a risk to pub­lic safety.

Steven Macaulay scarred a man for life in a vi­cious blade at­tack in Wishaw, a court heard.

He re­peat­edly stabbed his vic­tim on the head and body out­side a block of flats in Gowk­thrap­ple.

Tony Lene­han, de­fend­ing, said the at­tack was linked to a “long-stand­ing debt owed”.

Pass­ing sen­tence at the High Court in Liv­ingston, Judge Lady Stacey told the vi­o­lent hood­lum she was im­pos­ing an ex­tended sen­tence which will keep un­der close su­per­vi­sion for three years fol­low­ing his re­lease.

She warned Macaulay that he would be re­turned to prison if he com­mit­ted any of­fences fol­low­ing his re­lease.

She told the ac­cused: “I’m sure you un­der­stand per­fectly well that the crime you pled guilty to is very se­ri­ous de­spite the dele­tion of at­tempted mur­der.

“You will un­der­stand, given your pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions which in­clude two High Court con­vic­tions for as­sault and sher­iff and jury con­vic­tions for as­sault I have to take a very se­ri­ous view of what you did.

“I have to agree with the so­cial worker that you present a risk to the safety of the pub­lic. In these Chris’s House founder Anne Rowan has thanked two box­ing stars for help­ing the char­ity save more lives in­wishaw.

Broth­ers Scott and Sam Al­lan hosted their Knock­out­the Stigma event re­cently at their Ri­vals Gym in the town.

And they raised more than £4000 which they handed over to the char­ity last week.

De­lighted Anne, right, said:“we are so very grate­ful to the boys for their amaz­ing ef­forts.

“The money they raised was amaz­ing but more so is the aware­ness of the im­por­tance of good men­tal health. cir­cum­stances an ex­tended sen­tence is the ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence.

“The time has now come when you have to serve a con­sid­er­able pe­riod of cus­tody and you have to be sub­ject to su­per­vi­sion af­ter that for the safety of the pub­lic.”

Macaulay, 34, from Wishaw, ear­lier pled guilty to as­sault to se­vere in­jury, per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment and dan­ger of life.

He ad­mit­ted at­tack­ing the man at the en­trance to a block of flats at 98-128 Stan­hope Place, Wishaw on 3 Fe­bru­ary this year.

Macaulay – known as St­eff – was orig­i­nally charged with at­tempted mur­der but pled guilty to the less se­ri­ous charge af­ter his trial was post­poned.

“It was a fan­tas­tic event and lots of peo­ple from Chris’s House at­tended.we had a table and even though I don’t par­tic­u­larly like fight­ing it was amaz­ing to see so many peo­ple tak­ing part.

“Box­ing ap­peals to younger peo­ple and even though the funds are cru­cial for us to run, rais­ing aware­ness and tack­ling the stigma re­ally is the main thing.

“The boys have said they will make the event an­nual which is a won­der­ful ges­ture.

“We are al­ready look­ing for­ward to it hap­pen­ing again next year.”

How’s a bout that? The box­ers present their cheque to Vikki Car­son and Andy Mclaren

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