Patrick Jardine admits Port Glasgow stabbing rampage

A man who went on a knife rampage in Port Glasgow has admitted stabbing two people and slashing a third on the hand.

Patrick Jardine, 38, attacked his victims - who were all strangers - in the Inverclyde town in August.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he stabbed 41-year-old Joe Hagan, and John McIntyre, 26, in the stomach, before slashing 28-year-old Paul McElwee.

Sentence on Jardine was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

CCTV footage of the attacks, which showed other passers-by cowering for safety, was shown in court.

On bail

Joe Hagan - the first victim - had just left a Co-Op store in Dubbs Road when Jardine approached.

He stabbed the 41-year-old once in the stomach before walking off.

A short time later, Jardine, who was on bail at the time, stabbed Mr McIntyre, who was standing in the street chatting to his mother and her partner.

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Minutes later, he confronted Mr McElwee and a friend were on their way to a Christening.

Jardine lashed out with the knife before again making off.

He was later spotted by police, who used CS spray, before placing him in handcuffs.

The weapon used in the attacks was seized before another blade was discovered in his pocket.

Jardine told officers: "I am under a lot of pressure from other people. I just exploded."

The court heard Mr Hagan required surgery and was transferred to a high dependency unit.

Mental state

Mr Irwin said the injury brought a potential danger to life.

Mr McElwee also required hospital treatment and needed an operation for his hand.

The court was told Jardine could not recall the attacks or having a knife.

Thomas Ross, defending, said: "It will become apparent that his mental state was affected primarily due to the death of mum in 2010."

Judge Lord Brailsford deferred sentencing until January at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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