Man jailed over street murder bid in Lanark

Image caption, McLellan will be supervised for five years on his release

A man who slashed a father-to-be in front of his pregnant girlfriend has been jailed for 10 years.

James McLellan, 38, was found guilty of attempting to murder 24-year-old Leslie McMillan following an argument in Lanark High Street in May this year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the victim almost died after his jugular vein was severed in the attack.

Temporary judge John Beckett QC ordered McLellan to be monitored for five years after his release from prison.

The court heard how McLellan headed to a shop and bought a £1.99 craft knife after he had argued with Mr McMillan at a bus stop.

He returned and slashed his victim twice on the face and neck, severing his jugular vein.

Only the first aid skills of an off-duty policeman and the medical team who operated on Mr McMillan saved his life.

'Disfiguring scars'

Sentencing McLellan, judge Beckett told him that he was a danger to the public and had committed "an offence of considerable violence".

He said: "The slashing of your victim's face and neck has left him with disfiguring scars. And he has been left badly affected by what you did to him.

"The slash wound to his neck could have killed him but for the intervention of a first aider, a trained police officer, and the doctors who operated on him.

"You severed the left side of his jugular vein. It was only extraordinary good fortune you did not sever his carotid artery.

"You are assessed as posing a high risk to the public. You have exhibited little empathy for your victim and little remorse."

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