James Dempsey jailed over Kilwinning knife attacks
A 20-year-old man who struck three teenagers with a knife during a street fight in North Ayrshire has been jailed for four years and nine months.
James Dempsey, from Ayr, attacked two boys, aged 14, and their 15-year-old friend during a confrontation in Kilwinning on 31 December 2011.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of serious assault.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, Dempsey was also ordered to be supervised for two years following release from jail.
The court heard how during the attack, Dempsey struck the one of the youngsters on the arm.
He struck the other two boys on the body with the blade.
The court heard that one of Dempsey's victims was so badly injured that he could have died without quick medical attention.
It also emerged that he had one previous conviction for breach of the peace which saw a sheriff order the confiscation of a samurai sword Dempsey had used in the offence.
Passing sentence, temporary judge Sean Murphy QC said he believed that Dempsey posed a significant threat to public safety.
Judge Murphy added: "I can only impose one sentence in the circumstances."
Dempsey then wept as he was being led to the cells.