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Family feud attacker jailed for repeated stabbing

A man has been jailed for four years for repeatedly stabbing another man he confronted after threats were allegedly made to his family.

Patrick Sheils, 42, stabbed 49-year-old Garry Donnelly three times outside the victim's home in Glasgow's Drumchapel area on 16 September last year.

Sheils was originally charged with attempted murder.

The Crown accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of assault to severe injury and danger of life.

'Vicious attack'

Jailing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Wise told Sheils: "This was a vicious, pre-planned attack on someone you knew well. You went to his home armed with a knife."

Lady Wise pointed out that the attacker had also taken steps to avoid detection by washing his clothes to remove blood after the assault.

She said: "Your behaviour in September last year was wholly unacceptable."

The court heard that Sheils punched Mr Donnelly, put him in a headlock, knocked him to the ground and attacked him with a knife.

Afterwards he said: "Have a good look because I have just stabbed you."

Police were called to the scene and discovered blood outside and found a bare-chested Mr Donnelly in his living room and noticed puncture wounds on his torso.

Stab wounds

He was taken to hospital and was found to have three wounds to his chest and back and a chest drain was inserted.

Officers later saw Sheils leaving the house of another man and noticed that he had blood on both of his hands.

They detained Sheils and entered the home of the other man where they found the washing machine was on and recovered blood-stained trainers.

A knife was also recovered by police after it had been found under a hedge, the court heard.

The weapon was forensically examined and traces of Mr Donnelly's DNA were found.

Sheils also admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by washing clothing he was wearing at the time of the attack in a bid to remove blood stains and DNA.

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