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Kinross hotel boss stabbed chef in fight

Scott Lowe
Image caption Scott Lowe had previously clashed with the chef, the court heard

A hotel manager stabbed a chef six times after a feud boiled over during a staff night out, a court has heard.

Demi-chef Christiaan Opperman was stabbed in the back, the shoulder, the elbow and the leg during a fight with leisure resort boss Scott Lowe.

The two men worked together at the Green Hotel and Leisure Resort in Kinross.

Sentence on Lowe, 43, from Kinross, was deferred until the new year for a medical report.

He admitted attacking and severely injuring his colleague on 29 April.

Perth Sheriff Court was told there had been a run-in between the men two years earlier which resulted from Mr Opperman's involvement with Lowe's daughter, who also worked at the hotel.

Punched face

Fiscal depute Charmaine Cole said Lowe inflicted six wounds on Mr Opperman during a drunken late night fight which broke out in the courtyard of the hotel.

She said they had clashed earlier in the evening during the staff night out and Lowe had returned to the hotel kitchen to pick up an 8in chef's knife.

"He put it in his back pocket and continued on to a party," Miss Cole said.

"He was again approached by the complainer who was aggressive. He ran towards the accused and punched him on the face.

"They began fighting and in the course of the fight the accused used the knife. The complainer sustained six wounds in total. He was taken to hospital," she said, adding that the wounds were stitched.

'Bad decisions'

Lowe was arrested and told police: "He came for me first."

Solicitor Jamie Baxter, defending, said Lowe had worked at the hotel for 13 years and had been a popular figure, but had been dismissed as a result of the incident.

He said: "There had been bad feeling between the parties. It had been a staff night out and that had led to his path crossing with the complainer. There had been an exchange of words between them.

"The accused made a number of very bad decisions. He took the knife out and used it. He's very thankful the injuries sustained, although they could have been potentially very serious, turned out not to be.

"There was no doubt a huge element of luck on his part for that."

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