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Daniel Downie jailed for trying to kill Allister Harron

A man has been jailed for six years for carrying out an attempted murder with a length of wood and a wheelie bin.

Daniel Downie, 43, admitted attacking 51-year-old Allister Harron outside his flat in Greenock on 2 August last year.

The victim suffered head, facial, rib and throat damage and a collapsed lung. He was left disfigured and only able to walk with the aid of sticks.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Downie was told he would be monitored for three years after his release.

'Wicked recklessness'

Jailing him, judge Lord Turnbull told Downie: "It is clear from the information which was placed before me concerning the circumstances of this offence that you engaged in a prolonged and brutal attack perpetrated without any meaningful form of provocation."

"The extent of the violence used was such that it reached the level of wicked recklessness necessary for the crime of attempted murder."

The judge pointed out that Downie had previously been jailed at the High Court in 1995 for six years for "what must have been a very serious attack".

But he said that Downie had also demonstrated an ability to lead "a constructive and law-abiding life over a lengthy period".

He told Downie that he would have faced an eight-year sentence for the murder bid but it was reduced following his guilty plea to the offence.

An earlier hearing at the High Court in Glasgow heard that Downie was seen pushing Mr Harron, whose face was covered in blood, out of his flat and down the stairs.

Attack witnessed

He then picked up a piece of wood which was lying at the front door and repeatedly hit him on the head.

He then struck Mr Harron with a wheelie bin before hitting him over the head with the piece of wood again.

The attack was witnessed by a number of people who were told by Downie to say that they had seen and heard nothing.

When police arrived they found Mr Harron lying on the ground wearing torn boxer shorts and torn tracksuit bottoms.

A wheelie bin was lying on top of him and the bloodstained wood was lying in the middle of the road.

A trail of blood lead to Downie's flat and police forced entry after he refused to answer the door.

A t-shirt seized from Downie's home had diluted blood stains and forensic examination showed it contained DNA from Mr Harron.

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