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Renfrewshire builder Scott Dominick jailed for murder bid over £50 bill

A builder has been jailed for seven years for attempting to murder a man with a machete over a £50 bill.

Scott Dominick, 50, slashed Andrew Palmer's chin because he believed he was not going to be paid.

He had carried out more work on a patio at the home of Mr Palmer's estranged wife in Linwood, Renfrewshire, than was originally agreed.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Dominick later told police officers: "I will slash your throats too."

Dominick had been given an extra £50 by Mrs Palmer but believed her husband was making a fool of him. He thought Mr Palmer was refusing to pay the rest.

He challenged Mr Palmer in Colliers pub in Johnstone in March this year with a machete which he had taken from his house.

In his own evidence, Dominick told the jury Mr Palmer said: "If you're going to do it, do it."

Mr Palmer said Dominick then told him: "This is for you" and pulled the blade across his chin.

Judge Norman Ritchie QC told Dominick: "I have to deal with you for taking this weapon out, quite deliberately to seek out another man, then to inflict a dreadful injury on him."

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