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Stab victim Darren Jamieson named attacker John Etchells on Facebook

A stabbing victim named his attacker on Facebook as he was "gushing" with blood, a court has heard.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard how John Etchells, 19, had left court 48 hours before stabbing Darren Jamieson, 21, and had been released on bail six times in six weeks.

Etchells admitted assaulting Mr Jamieson to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Sentence was deferred until 2 September for background reports.

Etchells was remanded in custody.

The court heard that Etchells had 10 previous convictions in just over two years for breaching bail, and a string of other offences committed while on bail.

'Gushing of blood'

He had been granted bail on 8 March, 10 March, twice on 18 March, on 28 March and on 23 April.

Mr Jamieson had gone onto Facebook three minutes after dialling 999 on 25 April.

He wrote on the social networking site: "Just got stab, gushing of blood."

Moments later a friend asked who had carried out the knife attack, with Mr Jamieson replying "John Etchalls" (sic).

He later told concerned friends who had replied to this post that he was "alright" and was being kept in hospital overnight for observation.

Etchells was arrested and charged and remanded in custody.

Described as a prisoner at HMP YOI Polmont, he admitted carrying out the attack at a flat in Dundee's Lulworth Court.

He also admitted being subject to six separate bail orders at the time of the offence.

The court heard how Etchells had racked up 16 convictions since 2010 - the majority of which were either for breaching bail, or assaults and breaches of the peace aggravated by being on bail at the time.

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