Knife­man told he’s fac­ing jail


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A Nether­burn man who lashed out with a knife dur­ing a street brawl has been warned to ex­pect a “sub­stan­tial” prison sen­tence.

Con­nor Stu­art (23), of Sta­tion Gate, was caught by CCTV cam­eras and ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court this week.

He ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing a man, who was not traced and iden­ti­fied by po­lice, by lung­ing at him and try­ing to strike him with a blade.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Charles Street, Craigneuk, on December 1 last year. Michael Mac­in­tosh, prose­cut­ing, said po­lice got an anony­mous call about a dis­tur­bance and CCTV op­er­a­tors were able to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and guide of­fi­cers as they made their way to the scene.

The fis­cal showed footage in court, telling Sher­iff Dou­glas Brown: “Var­i­ous par­ties can be seen wear­ing for­mal dress, with some re­mov­ing their up­per cloth­ing.

“The ac­cused can be seen mov­ing from the side of the road with some­thing in his hand, which ap­pears to be a blade.

“He then leaps into the mid­dle of the fray and aims a blow at a par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual – a swipe with the knife to­wards this per­son’s head or up­per body.

“That in­di­vid­ual has not been iden­ti­fied and there was no com­plaint of as­sault from any mem­ber of the pub­lic.”

So­lic­i­tor advocate Ali Mur­ray said that back­ground re­ports would be needed be­fore his client is sen­tenced.

He will ad­dress the court on Stu­art’s be­half when these are pre­pared.

Sher­iff Brown de­ferred sen­tence un­til December 5 and con­tin­ued Stu­art’s bail, but warned him: “You should ex­pect a sub­stan­tial pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment to be im­posed given the na­ture of the of­fence.”

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