Teenagers admit stabbing John Howson in Coatbridge

Victim's home Mr Howson was stabbed outside his home in Coatbridge

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Two teenagers have admitted stabbing a 57-year-old teacher who tried to stop a neighbour's car from being stolen.

Liam Brown, 19, and 16-year-old Kieran Mason attacked John Howson outside his home in Blairhill, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, on 3 October last year.

They were originally charged with attempted murder but had guilty pleas accepted to the reduced charge of assault to the danger of life.

Sentence on the teenagers was deferred and both were remanded in custody.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Brown and Mason, along with another male, had been prowling the streets after taking alcohol or valium pills.

Teenagers challenged

The accused and their friend were then spotted by residents trying to break into cars in the Blairhill area of Coatbridge.

Mr Howson's wife Aileen alerted her husband and he got dressed to investigate what was happening.

He noticed a gate was open before spotting Brown peering into a vehicle.

The chemistry teacher yelled across, but Brown shouted back asking what business it was of his.

Mr Howson was then punched to the ground before he tried to get back to his home.

Mason and the other male appeared and Mr Howson was beaten again, causing his glasses to break.

Hospital treatment

Before he could get to safety, he was stabbed with a six-inch knife.

A blood-soaked Mr Howson shouted for his wife as the teenagers fled the scene.

He was then helped by a neighbour - who is a doctor - before an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.

Mr Howson was treated by medics, but was well enough to be discharged later.

Brown and Mason, both from Coatbridge, initially denied being involved in the attack when they were questioned by police.

Judge Lord Jones remanded both in custody and deferred sentencing until 23 November at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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