Glasgow & West Scotland

Son stabbed his sleeping father in Knightswood

A man has admitted trying to murder his frail father after taking so-called legal highs.

Gordon Tait, who has multiple sclerosis, was repeatedly stabbed by his son Christopher, 27, as he lay in bed during the unprovoked attack in the Knightswood area of Glasgow.

The city's High Court heard how Christopher Tait claimed to have suffered a "drug induced episode" caused by a legal high.

Sentence was deferred.

The knife attack happened at the home the pair shared in Rowena Avenue on 4 March.

Prosecutor Bill McVicar told how Mr Tait was asleep in his bed when he was suddenly woken by his son repeatedly stabbing him with what appeared to be a serrated knife.

Mr McVicar added Tait "did not speak" as he lashed out at his father who was "fearing for his life" and told his son: "Christopher, you are killing me".

'Psychotic episode'

Mr Tait, who struggles to walk, managed to get to a window to call for help.

Two neighbours came to his aid and he was found in his room suffering from multiple stab wounds.

His son was in his own bed appearing to be asleep.

The court heard the victim required emergency surgery and would have bled to death had he not been treated in time.

Tait's lawyer Tony Graham said the accused had "very little recollection" of what happened.

Mr Graham added: "What caused him to do this was a drug induced psychotic episode.

"Drugs consumed are what are described as legal highs. This is a man who purchases legal highs."

It is believed Tait bought the drugs from Spain at £30 a time.

Judge Lord Turnbull remanded Tait in custody and deferred sentencing until 22 July at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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