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Craig Shaw jailed for attacking Loch Earn camper with hatchet

Craig Shaw
Image caption Shaw carried out the attack on Barry McCutcheon, who was trying to calm down a confrontation

A man who attacked a camper with a hatchet at a Perthshire beauty spot has been jailed.

Craig Shaw stabbed 25-year-old Barry McCutcheon four times after he tried to act as peacemaker between Shaw and another group of campers.

Perth Sheriff Court heard Mr McCutcheon was left with a punctured lung after the attack on the banks of Loch Earn.

Shaw, who carried out the attack on 16 June, was sentenced to three years behind bars.

Fiscal Depute John Malpass said Mr McCutcheon and his friends had been fishing and camping on the shores of the loch and were in a tent between Shaw and another group.

He told an earlier hearing: "They became aware of a disagreement between the occupiers of the tents either side of them.

"They were asked to calm down and that wasn't received kindly. That group turned their attention to the complainer [Mr McCutcheon] and his friends.

"The complainer and his friends were aware of a shout of 'bring the hatchets'."

Shaw stabbed Mr McCutcheon four times before running off and getting into a car to flee the scene.

'Degree of violence'

Police later recovered evidence from the camp site, including receipts for camping equipment and purchases from other stores in Glasgow.

Officers then examined CCTV footage from the stores and discovered images of Shaw.

Mr Malpass told the court that Shaw, from Glasgow, was arrested and had his phone calls recorded while being held on remand in Perth Prison.

During one call to a friend he was heard to confess to the stabbing and was also heard to say he was guilty of the crime.

In sentencing Shaw to three years in prison, Sheriff William Wood said: "I am quite concerned that he was traced purchasing the knife the day before.

"In a relatively short space of time you have racked up a number of convictions involving a degree of violence."

The sheriff said the only appropriate disposal in the case was a custodial sentence.

He added: "You gave chase to your victim as he was on his way to his car, dragged him down a slope and stabbed him several times. But for luck, your victim would not have survived this attack. He had very serious injuries."

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