Anger as sword attacker is jailed for 30 months

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

A vi­cious thug who at­tacked a ter­ri­fied teenager with a sword has been jailed for 30 months.

Camp­bell Bell, from Croft­foot, at­tacked the youth with the weapon, strik­ing him re­peat­edly on the head and body.

The vic­tim was se­verely in­jured and has been left per­ma­nently dis­fig­ured fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent in Linn Park on Septem­ber 30 last year.

Bell, 22, ap­peared at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court ear­lier this month for sen­tenc­ing after be­ing found guilty by a jury.

The thug had been charged with as­sault­ing the teenager, re­peat­edly strik­ing him on the head and body with the sword all to his se­vere in­jury, per­ma­nent im­pair­ment, per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment and to the dan­ger of his life.

Bell’s friend Mark Mur­ray, 19, from Castlemilk, was also ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in the at­tack but the Crown dropped the case against him and he walked free.

A fam­ily friend of the vic­tim told the Re­former:“What Bell did to that poor boy was ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing.

“He [Bell] is a big lad and [the vic­tim] is five or six years younger. I think he was only 15 or 16 when this hap­pened.

“He’s been re­ally badly af­fected by what he went through and has been phys­i­cally scarred for life. I was in court when Bell was sen­tenced and was very sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed he never re­ceived the full five-year term.

“I think he and his fam­ily mem­bers who were present were sur­prised and de­lighted that he only got 30 months.

“He would have been ex­pect­ing a longer sen­tence for the vi­cious­ness of the at­tack.”

Bell will be on su­per­vi­sion for 12 months after he is re­leased from prison.

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