Thug stabbed man then gave First Aid

Drugs bust-up ended with vic­tim on op­er­at­ing ta­ble

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

A Ruther­glen thug who stabbed his for­mer neigh­bour – and then ad­min­is­tered First Aid to him – has been jailed.

Alan Han­nah turned up at his vic­tim’s door with a weapon af­ter the pair had ex­changed cheeky text mes­sages, Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court heard last week.

They got into a fight in the East Kil­bride tower block where 26-yearold Han­nah lived at the time, and he ended up stab­bing his vic­tim fol­low­ing a strug­gle.

The court heard Han­nah was shocked by what he’d done and then phoned for an am­bu­lance be­fore giv­ing First Aid to the vic­tim.

Han­nah, of Pinker­ton Av­enue in Ruther­glen, ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing the man to his se­vere in­jury, per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment and per­ma­nent im­pair­ment at White Cart Tower on Jan­uary 13.

That day the ac­cused and his 43-year-old vic­tim had ex­changed “ar­gu­men­ta­tive” texts.

Han­nah then ap­peared at the vic­tim’s door armed with a meat cleaver.

Cal­lum Forsyth, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court: “See­ing this, the com­plainer took pos­ses­sion of a knife from his kitchen and a strug­gle en­sued dur­ing which the ac­cused came into pos­ses­sion of the knife. He stabbed (the vic­tim) once on the back of the thigh.

“The com­plainer fell to the floor. He was bleed­ing pro­fusely and be­gan to drift in and out of con­scious­ness.

“The ac­cused called an am­bu­lance for him and he was taken to Hairmyres Hos­pi­tal. The wound was deep and had sev­ered the sci­atic nerve. He un­der­went an op­er­a­tion the next day.

“He is left with a small scar caused by the wound and a larger one from the surgery. He ex­pe­ri­ences per­sis­tent numb­ness and this will be per­ma­nent.”

Neal McShane, de­fend­ing, said the vic­tim had wrongly ac­cused Han­nah of ow­ing some­one Val­ium and had de­manded he go to his flat to talk about it. Mr McShane stated: “Han­nah knows he should have stayed at his own ad­dress.

“He was con­cerned it would lead to a vi­o­lent con­fronta­tion so he armed him­self. He dropped the meat cleaver but ac­cepts he got con­trol of the knife.

“He was shocked by the in­jury. The tran­script of his 999 call shows the am­bu­lance em­ployee di­rected him on how to treat the wound which he did.”

Sher­iff Alas­dair Mac­Fadyen jailed Han­nah, who has a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for car­ry­ing a blade, for 18 months.

The Sher­iff told him: “I take ac­count of what you did in call­ing the emer­gency ser­vices, fol­low­ing their in­struc­tions and pro­vid­ing aid to your vic­tim.”

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