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Uddingston attempted murderer challenges order

A man facing a possible life sentence for setting another man alight and scalding him with boiling water has challenged his risk assessment.

Jason Collins, 28, appeared at the High Court in Inverness to be sentenced for the attack on Daniel Finnan, 44, in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire.

Collins' counsel asked for time to allow an expert to comment on the terms of a lifelong restriction order.

Judge Lord Bracadale continued the case to 22 May.

Sentence had earlier been deferred by the judge for further reports which would allow him to impose an order for lifelong restriction.

At an earlier hearing Collins admitted attempting to murder Mr Finnan in Collins' father's home in Uddingston.

'Unsatisfactory position'

A risk assessment was prepared on Collins and sentence had again been deferred for the defence to look at it.

But his defence advocate Graham Robertson asked the court for a further adjournment.

He told the judge: "Counsel who represented Collins previously and are instructing me today are asking for consideration of an adjournment.

"The reason is the terms of the report are of such severity and they want the opportunity to instruct an expert for the defence to comment on it, and prepare another report.

"I fully understand it is an unsatisfactory position to be in at this stage as it will result in a further continuation of some time, perhaps 90 days."

Lord Bracadale asked Mr Robertson if he was objecting to the content and added that there had been time during Collins' detention for another report to be instructed.

Mr Robertson said: "I don't know why it was not done. But there is dissatisfaction with the conclusions of this report."

Lord Bracadale noted that the case had been continued twice already but said that since it was the defence who were seeking the adjournment, he would grant it.

Collins will appear for sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh in May.

Scalding liquid

The court had previously been told of a drunken argument over an alleged debt when Collins fetched a knife from the kitchen and repeatedly stabbed Mr Finnan, puncturing a lung.

He then produced a cigarette lighter and set fire to the front of Mr Finnan's trousers. As Mr Finnan tried to beat out the flames, Collins told him: "I'll just light it again" and did so.

Collins then boiled a pan of water, stood over Mr Finnan and poured the scalding liquid over his head.

The victim ran home and was found later in his bed, covered in blood.

He was taken to Monklands Hospital where doctors found scalds or burns to his left side, face and neck, slashes to his forehead, eyelid and mouth as well as defensive injuries to his hands.

There were also eight knife wounds to his back and chest.

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