Man handed six year jail sentence for brutal attack

High Court Edinburgh.  Pic: Jane Barlow
High Court Edinburgh. Pic: Jane Barlow

A man has been jailed for six and a half years following a brutal murder bid on a victim who had tried to act as a peacemaker.

David McLean (34) struck Alan Wright with a bottle and punched him, stamping on him and repeatedly wounded him with a knife in Glenrothes last year.

Lord Beckett told McLean at the High Court in Edinburgh that he accepted that the crime had been committed spontaneously but added: “You also have an extensive record of crimes of violence.”

He added :“On this occasion you committed a sustained assault on the victim and used fists and feet and stamped on him and struck him with a bottle and with a knife.”

“I consider you have shown little real remorse for your actions which have had profound consequences for the complainer.”

He also ordered that McLean should spend a further two and a half years on supervision and warned that if he failed to comply with licence conditions during that period he could be returned to prison.

Mr Wright had gone out for a drink at a bar in Leslie when he met long-standing acquaintance McLean who was out with others.

They later went to McLean’s home in Lumsden Road, in Glenrothes and another man and woman had arrived.

Mr Wright said: “Arguments started happening. I can’t recall what the arguments were over or how they came about. I just remember one minute trying to calm the situation down and the next minute I was being attacked.”

The murder bid victim said he was left with his forehead “hanging down”. “I felt the blood running in my eyes. I didn’t realise the extent of the damage,” he said.

He said the blows just kept on coming and he knew he had to try and get out the top floor flat.

He said he tried to shield his face and neck with his arms up but sustained lacerations to his shoulder and arms.

He said: “It was definitely weapons that were being used. At that time I couldn’t be 100 per cent it was a knife, but once I saw the wounds it was quite clear it had been a knife or something very sharp.”

Mr Wright told the court that he had over 70 stitches inserted to facial wounds and injuries to his arms and shoulder.

McLean had denied attempting to murder Mr Wright after assaulting him to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life while acting with others on May 2 last year, but was found guilty following a trial.