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Mark Degnan jailed for Paisley attempted murder stabbing

A man who repeatedly stabbed a visitor to his flat has been jailed for five years for attempted murder.

Mark Degnan, 42, admitted launching the unprovoked attack on 37-year-old Alexander MacDonald at his home in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 4 April 2015.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Degnan shouted at his victim: "You're dying, I'm making sure you die."

The court heard that Mr MacDonald suffered chest, side and leg wounds and may have died without treatment.

'No explanation'

Jailing him, judge Lady Stacey told Degnan: "There has been no explanation given to your lawyer or the doctor for what you did that day."

The judge added: "Your history does show some difficulty with your mental health."

The court previously heard how Mr MacDonald had been at the home of a former partner who stayed in the same block of flats as Degnan.

They were joined by another woman who suggested Mr MacDonald go to Degnan's flat upstairs to borrow some tin foil.

Degnan later answered the door to Mr Macdonald and invited him inside before launching the knife attack.

The women heard shouting and banging and went upstairs to investigate.

Previous convictions

The victim was seen to be seriously injured and was helped back downstairs where a 999 call was made.

Degnan, who was previously jailed for serious assault and has a conviction for possessing a knife, left the scene before police and paramedics arrived.

He was later traced to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia and pleurisy.

During an interview he denied knowing the victim, saying he recalled waking up in hospital but remembered nothing of the incident.

Defence counsel Lorraine Glancy said Degnan had "a long history of psychiatric input".

Degnan admitted a charge of attempting to murder the victim by repeatedly striking him on the body with a knife to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

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