Glasgow & West Scotland

Gareth Young admits attempting to murder Kilwinning boy

A teenager has admitted attempting to murder a 12-year-old schoolboy in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire.

Gareth Young, 16, pleaded guilty to attacking the boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - on 19 June.

He admitted attempting to induce the boy to enter bushes, putting a mask on his own face and repeatedly striking him on the head and body with a knife.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Brailsford continued the case until next month.

The court heard that Young admitted assaulting the boy to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement, and to the danger of his life and attempting to murder him.

He also faced 10 other charges, including assaulting his mother, another woman and police officers, but his pleas of not guilty were accepted by the Crown.

Advocate depute Hugh Irwin told the court that after discussions with defence advocate Lorenzo Alonzi there was no agreed narrative and that a proof in mitigation was required to determine the facts.

Although Young has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder, witnesses will have to give evidence at the High Court in Edinburgh next month for facts to be decided by Lord Brailsford.

The judge continued the case and told the court he will call for reports after the hearing.

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