Knife thug ‘a risk to the public’
Attacker jailed for 7 years
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