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Martin Fitzpatrick jailed over dog row stabbing

A 27-year-old who tried to kill a man after a row over dogs turned violent has been jailed for six years.

Martin Fitzpatrick admitted repeatedly stabbing Alyn Stocks following a confrontation in Glasgow's Shettleston area in July 2015.

The High Court in Glasgow was told that Fitzpatrick's cousin was a neighbour of the victim.

Mr Stocks and the woman had been in a dispute about dog fouling in the close, with each blaming the other for it.

The day before the attempted murder there had been another row.

First offender Fitzpatrick got involved after driving with other relatives to Budhill Avenue in Glasgow.

An argument broke out between them and Mr Stocks after he gesticulated at them as he walked along the street. He then produced a knife and attacked Mr Stocks, 40, stabbing him 10 times.

Fitzpatrick, from Easterhouse in Glasgow, pled guilty to the attempted murder on 28 July last year.

Judge Lord Beckett told Fitzpatrick: "I note your expressions of remorse. However, you armed yourself with a knife and used it repeatedly on your victim. It is only a matter of pure chance that no internal organs were damaged,

"This court has made it clear what the consequences will be of knife crime. This sentence is being imposed to deter you and others from carrying and using knives. The public must be protected."

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