Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Frank Prosser admits grass-cutting row murder bid in Fife

A man has admitted attempting to murder a neighbour by stabbing him several times in a row over gardening in Fife.

Frank Prosser, 34, attacked Paul Rogers in his Dunfermline home on 23 July for not paying his father £20 after he had cut his grass and hedge.

Mr Rogers sustained life-threatening stab wounds to his chest, stomach, legs and left arm.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, sentence was deferred for background reports on Prosser.

He was remanded in custody.

The court heard that Prosser lived with his pensioner father, also called Frank, in a neighbouring block of flats to Mr Rogers.

Prosecutors said that four days earlier Prosser's father had agreed to cut Mr Roger's grass and hedge but the victim did not pay him.

The following day Mr Rogers wrote a threatening and abusive letter to the father and posted it through the letterbox.

Three days after that Mr Rogers was at home having a drink with a friend when Prosser junior walked in and had an argument with him about the threats to his father.

After the row Prosser left and called the police.

He told them he had been threatened by the occupant of the nearby flat.

He said he had knives and that if the victim did not leave the premises, he would kill him.

Prosser went into his kitchen and came out holding a knife and told his father that he was going to kill Mr Rogers.

After the attack, Mr Rogers was operated on in hospital for life-threatening chest and stomach wounds and to close the injuries to his limbs.

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