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Man jailed for stab attack on sister's friend in Wishaw

A man who tried to murder another man at his sister's home in North Lanarkshire has been jailed for four years and eight months.

John Wilson, 43, attacked 42-year-old Clifford Wands with two knives after they got into an argument at the house in Wishaw in February.

Judge Lady Dorrian described the assault as "calculated and deliberate".

She also ruled Wilson be kept under supervision for a further two years after his release.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Mr Wands had been introduced to Wilson's sister last year through mutual friends and they would socialise together.

He had visited her on the evening of 19 February at her home in Northmuir Drive in Wishaw.

Wilson, who also lived there, was at the house and his sister later phoned another friend and invited him round.

Wilson appeared annoyed at the man attending and got into an argument with Mr Wands, but calmed down.

Mr Wands met the man at the door and the pair returned to the living room.

But Wilson left the room before returning armed with a knife with a six-inch blade in each hand.

He began swinging the knives at speed at his victim who was stabbed in the neck, chest and leg.

Defence solicitor advocate Charles Ferguson said: "This man fully accepts he has done wrong. He is sorry for that."

He said that the offence was "out of character" for Wilson.

Lady Dorrian said: "It seems he quite deliberately left the room and got these two knives.

"It does give me some concern about the risk that he poses."

She told Wilson he would have faced a seven-year prison sentence but for his guilty plea.

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