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Ian Michie and Daryl Dock jailed for Paisley murder bid

Police outside Alder's home
Image caption The attack happened during a break-in at Mr Alder's Paisley home

Two teenagers who tried to kill a martial arts expert during a break in at his Renfrewshire home have each been jailed for 10 years.

Ian Michie, 17, and 18-year-old Daryl Dock admitted attempting to murder Johannes Alder at his home in Paisley on 23 July last year.

The 37-year-old was struck around the head, neck and back with a knife and needed life-saving surgery.

Michie and Dock were also ordered to be supervised for four years on release.

Last-minute pleas

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Mr Alder confronted them during the break-in after being alerted by his terrified wife Elizabeth.

The five times Sombo wrestling champion was then attacked and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Michie and Dock were due to go on trial last month, but lodged last-minute guilty pleas.

When they appeared for sentence, it emerged that Michie was on probation at the time of the attack and break-in having pled guilty just weeks earlier to his part in another assault.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Sean Murphy QC told them they had committed a "very grave offence".

"Johannes Alder reacted in a brave and bold manner and you struck out in a cowardly panic," the judge said.

"He may have been killed by your irresponsible behaviour. This has had significant consequences for him and his wife.

"Ordinary decent people like them require to be protected by the courts."

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