Glasgow & West Scotland

Gavin Cochrane jailed for stabbing Christopher Beith

A man who stabbed a failed gate-crasher to a party in Renfrewshire has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Gavin Cochrane, 27, and another man attacked 26-year-old Christopher Beith outside flats in Elderslie on 16 May.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the victim had been turned away from a party when Cochrane and the other man stormed out and attacked him.

Judge Lord Boyd jailed Cochrane for the "cowardly attack" after he admitted carrying out the assault.

The court heard that Mr Beith had gone to a flat in Lomond Gardens, Elderslie, wrongly thinking a friend lived there.

There was a party going on inside one of the flats and Mr Beith then tried to get in, but was told to go away.

Victim scarred

As he walked off, Cochrane repeatedly struck Mr Beith with a knife while the other attacker lashed out with a bottle.

The pair fled before a passing taxi driver stopped to help the blood-soaked victim who thought he was going to die.

Mr Beith was treated at hospital for a number of wounds, but is now scarred for life.

Cochrane was later identified as one of the attackers, but initially made no comment to police.

Bob Mitchell, defending, said his client "fully regretted" what happened.

Lord Boyd told Cochrane that the jail-term would have been six years, but for his guilty plea.

The judge added: "This was a cowardly attack. The use of knives as weapons are all too prevalent in Scotland."

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