Glasgow & West Scotland

John Law and Mark Evans jailed over hammer attack

Two men have been jailed for attacking a man with a knife and hammer - after being told only medics' skill had saved them from a murder charge.

Victim Alexander Mair, 38, was also hit with "nunchakus", a martial arts weapon, as he lay on the ground in Crail Street, Glasgow, on 23 February.

John Law, 37, and Mark Evans, 27, were given eight and seven year sentences.

Judge Lord Boyd said he had taken into account that Mr Mair had gone to Crail Street "looking for trouble".

At the High Court in Edinburgh, he said that did not excuse the violence used by Law and Evans, and others who were there that night.

At an earlier trial, both men were convicted of attempting to murder Mr Mair.

A jury heard how Mr Mair suffered eight stab wounds - two of them to his back which caused a lung to collapse.

He was close to cardiac and respiratory arrest when he arrived in hospital.

"It is clear that had it not been for medical intervention, Mr Mair would have died," Lord Boyd said.

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