Tayside and Central Scotland

Man stabbed stranger with metal comb in Dundee street

A man who slashed a stranger on the neck and chest with a metal comb in a Dundee street has been jailed.

David Gardyne, 46, said he had mistaken his victim for another man when he grabbed him outside a shop in Clepington Road on 16 August.

James Reid, 43, suffered two cuts and was taken to hospital.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Gardyne was jailed for six years for attempted murder. He was also ordered to serve 160 days for a previous assault.

The court heard that Mr Reid was standing outside a shop waiting for his brother on Clepington Road when Gardyne approached.

The court was shown CCTV footage of the attack.

Advocate depute Margaret Barron, prosecuting, said Gardyne came up from behind, reached into his jacket and pulled out something like a knife.

"He grabbed Mr Reid's shoulder with his left hand before stabbing him to the neck and chest and struggling with him," she said.

Gardyne walked away after James Reid picked up a rubbish bin and threw it at him.

Gardyne was then picked up by a car near the Clep Bar.

Vital organs

However, one of a number of people standing outside the pub noted the registration number - which led police to Gardyne.

James Reid was taken to hospital where medics found two cuts, which they said were consistent with the use of a knife.

Lord Doherty told Gardyne that although Mr Reid's wounds were not serious they were in parts of the body where vital organs could have been penetrated.

The court heard that, at the time of the attack, Gardyne was still under licence after early release from an earlier 27-month sentence for serious assault.

Lord Doherty ordered him to serve 160 days from the time remaining from the previous sentence before starting to serve the new sentence.

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