Patrick Jardine jailed over Port Glasgow rampage

A man who stabbed two people and slashed a third during a drink and drugs-fuelled rampage in Inverclyde has been jailed for seven years.

Patrick Jardine drank a bottle of vodka and took 25 diazepam tablets before attacking the men, who were all strangers, in Port Glasgow last August.

He admitted stabbing Joe Hagan, 41, and John McIntyre, 36, before slashing 28-year-old Paul McElwee.

The 38-year-old was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh.

An earlier hearing at the High Court in Glasgow was told Mr Hagan - the first victim - had just left a Co-Op store in the town's Dubbs Road when Jardine approached.

Unprovoked attacks

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.

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

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There was a very considerable degree of violence used in relation to these offences”

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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."

He later admitted trying to murder Mr Hagan by stabbing him with a knife to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr McIntyre to his injury by stabbing him and attempting to stab Paul McElwee.

Jardine also admitted committing a breach of the peace by brandishing the weapon.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Jardine was remorseful for the offences. He had been drinking too much and had taken drugs in the wake of the death of his mother.

Jailing him, Lord Brailsford told Jardine: "There was a very considerable degree of violence used in relation to these offences."

The judge, who viewed CCTV footage of the events, said: "You were plainly not behaving in a way normal to yourself."

He added: "I have no difficulty in accepting your remorse is genuine."

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