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Scott McDermott jailed over Clydebank slashing attack

A man who carried out a slashing attack on a stranger in West Dunbartonshire before punching a female bystander has been jailed for six years.

Scott McDermott, 36, slashed Simon Ellis on the wrist then punched Margaret McElwee to the ground in Clydebank on 15 April 2012.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Mr Ellis' artery was severed and he would have bled to death without help.

McDermott will be monitored on his release for a further two years.

Following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow last month, McDermott was convicted of assaulting Mr Ellis to the endangerment of his life.

Unprovoked attack

He was also convicted of assaulting Ms McElwee to her injury.

The court heard how McDermott had picked on Mr Ellis for no apparent reason outside shops in Clydebank's Sylvania Way.

As the victim raised his arms to protect himself, McDermott lashed out with a knife, wounding Mr Ellis' wrist.

As bystanders phoned for an ambulance, McDermott turned to Margaret McElwee and punched her with such force that she fell over and hit the ground.

Police officers arrested McDermott shortly after the attacks.

Jailing him for six years, temporary judge John Beckett QC told McDermott: "Using a knife, you struck a man on the wrist causing his artery to sever. You then punched a woman forcefully.

"In the circumstances, I am going to impose a sentence of eight years. You will go to prison for six years and you will be placed on supervision upon your release for another two years."

It emerged after his trial that McDermott was convicted in 2008 of firearms offences.

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