Glasgow & West Scotland

Daniel and Scott Cairns jailed over ex-lover attack

A man has been jailed, along with his cousin, for assaulting his ex-partner at the home of her male friend.

Daniel Cairns, 39, and Scott Cairns, 25, attacked Daniel's ex partner Louise Wardrope, 36, and Andrew Tait, 46, at his Motherwell home on 18 August 2013.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that both victims suffered stab wounds from scissors and Mr Tait was beaten.

Daniel Cairns was jailed for five-and-a-half years and Scott Cairns for seven years for assault to severe injury.

The cousins claimed they were acting in self-defence but a jury rejected their story and found them guilty of assaulting Ms Wardrope and Mr Tait to their severe injury, leaving them permanently scarred.

The court heard that on Saturday 17 August, Ms Wardrope took her teenage daughter and her daughter's friend to a concert in Glasgow and Mr Tait drove them there and back.

Crashing and banging

She went to his home for "a couple of drinks" and about 03:00 the following morning, they went to his garage, where there was a pool table.

Ms Wardrope said she was not feeling well and needed some air.

As they went into the garage they heard noises at the front of the house and Mr Tait returned through the back door.

Ms Wardrope said she heard crashing and banging and Mr Tait shouting.

She returned to the kitchen to find her former partner Daniel Cairns holding a baseball bat over his head and striking out with it.

Ms Wardrope said she was able to push him back because he had been drinking.

"He told me to look him in the eyes and tell him I loved him," she said.

Ms Wardrope said as she faced Daniel Cairns she felt a sharp pain and Scott Cairns said: "I don't believe I have stabbed you."

Mr Tait described drinking and snorting cocaine before returning to the kitchen when he heard banging at his front door.

'Jealous ex'

"All hell broke loose at the point where the door got kicked in," he said.

Asked why he thought he had been attacked, Mr Tait told the trial: "A jealous ex."

Judge Lord Brailsford heard that both Daniel and Scott Cairns have long records which include convictions for violence.

Passing sentence, the judge said they had violated Mr Tait's home with intention to assault him.

When he discharged the jury after the sentencing, Lord Brailsford showed them his cuff-links and said they bore the logo: "I'd rather be fishing."

"That is especially true in weather like today," Lord Brailsford continued.

"I would much rather be up to my waist in the Tweed with a prospect of catching a salmon than sitting here."

The judge said he was sure that the jurors also had things to do and thanked them for the work they had done, listening to a two-week trial.

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