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Stab attacker Steven Ross gets extra jail term for spitting at prosecutor

Steven Ross
Image caption When sentenced Ross was told he was responsible for a "serious and violent crime"

A man jailed for attempting to murder a pregnant woman in Aberdeen has received an extra 10 months for spitting at a prosecutor.

Steven Ross, 38, had been jailed for six years and 10 months, for attacking Sarah Massie in January 2011.

He admitted repeatedly punching his victim on the head and body, before continuing the attack with a knife.

In court, Ross spat on advocate depute Neil Beardmore as he was led away.

Lord Doherty, at the High Court in Edinburgh, told Ross he had now admitted a "disgusting and reprehensible offence".

The judge said: "It is aggravated by the place it took place in, the High court of Justiciary, and the person to whom it was directed.

"The court has to mark the seriousness of that.

"You were plainly distressed and what you did was not entirely rational."

Lord Doherty said he accepted that Ross had apologised but told him he would have been jailed for 15 months, but for his early guilty plea.

The judge ordered that his latest 10-month sentence should be served consecutively to his jail term for the murder bid.

Previously passing sentence at the High Court in Aberdeen in January, Lord Uist told Ross he had been responsible for a "serious and violent crime".

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