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William Glassford jailed for Hamilton party stabbings

A man who carried out two unprovoked attacks on New Year party-goers has been jailed for 10 years.

William Glassford, 20, admitted stabbing Richard McKendrick and Kevin Millar at a flat in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on 1 January last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he also threatened to kill the families of other revellers if they "grassed".

Judge Rita Rae QC told Glassford that his action could have had "potentially fatal consequences".

The court heard how a number of people had gathered for a New Year party at a flat in the town's George Street.

Glassford's partner had a row with another girl at the flat and later telephoned him.

Bedroom attack

He turned up outside the party at about 0500 GMT and stormed up the close stairs where he met Mr Millar.

Without warning, Glassford stabbed him in the chest and kept walking.

He then stormed into the flat and kicked open a room door where Mr McKendrick was with another reveller.

Glassford, from Hamilton, slashed the man on the nose and then stabbed him four times in the back.

He screamed that he would kill the families of other party-goers, if they "grassed" on him.

Judge Rita Rae QC said the incidents had been completely unprovoked.

She told Glassford: "This is another example of a young man under the influence of drink, carrying a knife and using it with potentially fatal consequences."

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