Scott McCaffrey was described by a witness as having a ‘smirk on his face, like in a horror film’ as he assaulted his sufferer in Vauxhall Road with a fight knife. The sufferer’s ex-girlfriend was additionally injured through the drunken assault, the Royal Court docket was advised.
Emergency companies had been referred to as to the incident after a neighbour went exterior and noticed what was taking place.
McCaffrey admitted two counts of grave and felony assault, one depend of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and an additional depend of possession of a managed drug.
Outlining the case Crown Advocate Richard Pedley, prosecuting, stated McCaffrey (26) dedicated the grave and felony assaults after promising to offer ethical help to the sufferer’s ex-girlfriend. The court docket heard how she had been frightened after agreeing to satisfy her former accomplice, so McCaffrey went alongside as effectively.
The 2 males bought concerned in an argument. McCaffrey was punched within the face, and his glasses knocked off. McCaffrey advised the States police ‘he saved on punching me. I couldn’t see something’. Then, he stated, he was overcome by ‘a pink mist’ and stated that ‘all the emotions inside simply got here out’. He pulled out the black fight knife he had taken with him and ‘lashed out’ at his attacker, lunging at him between ten and 15 occasions attempting to stab him, the court docket was advised. The girl was injured within the assault as she tried to interrupt up the combat.
The police discovered the male sufferer slumped on the ground of the bogs of Minden Place multi-storey automotive park. He was taken to hospital and underwent surgical procedure to restore a 1 to 1.5-inch stab wound between his ribs, which had additionally punctured one in all his lungs.
When the police reviewed CCTV footage on Christmas Day, McCaffrey might clearly be seen holding a fight knife standing exterior Mino’s restaurant on the nook of Bathtub Road and Minden Place, the court docket was advised. Officers later recovered the weapon from a close-by drain.
Advocate Julian Gollop, defending, advised the court docket that his consumer admitted what he did was ‘reckless, [and] harmful’, and was ‘an motion he deeply regrets’, and that it was completely out of character. McCaffrey ‘doesn’t stroll round carrying a knife’, Advocate Gollop added. ‘This was not a pre-planned assault. It was a spur-of-the-moment act.’
The lawyer argued that moderately than the 5 years’ imprisonment the prosecution was suggesting, three to three-and-a-half years was extra applicable.
The Bailiff, Timothy Le Cocq, presiding, advised McCaffrey that it was ‘extraordinarily lucky’ that the accidents he inflicted on his two victims ‘weren’t worse’.
Mr Le Cocq added that the court docket took a really dim view of individuals arming themselves with knives. However, he additionally famous that McCaffrey had been co-operative with the authorities and was of ‘earlier good character’.
Jurats Charles Blampied, Jerry Ramsden, and Gareth Hughes had been sitting.
Commenting on the case after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Christina MacLennan, head of the police’s Severe Crime Unit, added: ‘We hope that this sentencing sends a robust message that the carrying of a knife in public, or the felony use of a knife, stays utterly unacceptable and that those that accomplish that will probably be arrested and handled by the total drive of the regulation.’