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Allan Ferguson jailed for slashing ex-partner and two others

A man who slashed his former partner's face after she broke up with him has been jailed for six years.

Allan Ferguson, 53, crept into Nicola Milligan's flat in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, on 6 September last year.

He slashed the 29-year-old as she lay in bed then attacked her brother James Glen, 32, and friend Scott Allan, 26, after they tried to help.

Ferguson, from Johnstone, had admitted three counts of serious assault at an address in the town's High Street.

'Uncontrolled attack'

Jailing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Turnbull told Ferguson: "You launched an uncontrolled attack which was fuelled by rage and alcohol.

"It was an attack in which you cared not about the fate of your victims.

"One of your victims was left permanently disfigured...another had their life endangered."

The judge added: "Had it not been for the brave intervention of Mr Glen, there is no telling how this attack could have ended.

"I am satisfied that the only way to deal with this crime is to impose a substantial custodial sentence."

Lord Turnbull also told Ferguson that if he had not pleaded guilty, he would have been jailed for nine years.

'Very upset'

The court heard that Ferguson was "very upset" after Ms Milligan broke up with him over social media.

He later encountered her and friends at a pub in the town and went back to her flat with the group.

Ferguson unsuccessfully attempted to get back with Ms Milligan and became upset in front of her friend, Mr Allan, claiming he was "jealous" at how well they got on.

The get-together ended in the early hours of 6 September and a drunken Ferguson left the flat before sneaking back in with a spare set of keys.

The court heard that during the attack Ms Milligan suffered a severe wound to her right cheek and had been left permanently disfigured, requiring further surgery after her lip dropped.

Her brother suffered life-threatening injuries and had a string of wounds to his chest, back, head and hand and needed a total of 34 stitches to repair the damage.

Mr Allan was treated in hospital for severe wounds, with both men left permanently scarred.

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