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Man jailed for 'horrifying' attack in Fife

Taylor Street, Methil, Leven, Fife
Image caption The attack took place in a house in Taylor Street, Methil, Leven, Fife

A Fife man has been jailed for nine years for a "horrifying" attack which left his victim so badly hurt he can only be fed through a tube.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, John Todd, 31, was told by judge Lord Pentland the consequences for John Moffat had been "catastrophic."

He had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, permanent brain damage, and spent three weeks in intensive care.

The attack happened on 21 June 2011 in Methil, Fife.

Mr Moffat is no longer capable of looking after himself and has lost the ability to swallow.

The judge said: "The jury unanimously convicted you of a horrifying offence of attempted murder involving a gross level of sustained violence."

The jury had also rejected Todd's claim Mr Moffat had provoked the attack at a house in Taylor Street, Methil, Lord Pentland added.

An earlier trial heard Mr Moffat went there to accuse Todd of having an affair with his partner.

Solicitor advocate Iain Paterson, defending, said: "In this particular case Mr Moffat did arm himself with two knives which was the catalyst."

The lawyer said Todd, from Leven, had never tried to deny responsibility for the attack and the issue at the trial had been whether or not it amounted to attempted murder.

Mental health

After hearing how Mr Moffat was punched, dragged into a garden, thrown against stairs, then punched and kicked as he lay on the ground before Todd stamped on his head, the jury decided it was attempted murder.

The court heard that Mr Moffat is now fed through a tube. He is incontinent and his memory, speech and the use of his limbs have been affected.

He also keeps asking for his dead brother and father, thinking they are still alive.

At the time of the attack, Todd had been diagnosed as suffering from a mental health problem and was taking medication.

Lord Pentland said background reports showed he was a danger to the public, especially when he believed he had been wronged and had been drinking.

The judge made an order extending Todd's licence conditions, on his release from prison, by an extra three years.

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