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Stab attacker Stephen Dalton detained at State Hospital

A man who stabbed his brother-in-law while he slept has been ordered to be detained without limit of time at the State Hospital at Carstairs.

Stephen Dalton, 29, was acquitted on the grounds of a mental disorder of attempting to murder Charles McClinton at a flat in Cambuslang in August 2013.

Mr McClinton was stabbed in the neck while asleep in an armchair.

Dalton was acquitted after two psychiatrists said he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

Further risk

Psychiatrist Dr Gillian Howison told the High Court in Glasgow that Dalton, in her opinion, suffers from hallucinations and feelings of persecution.

She added: "Without treatment in the State Hospital there is a risk he would commit further offences."

Mr McClinton had been sleeping in an armchair and woke up to find a knife embedded in his neck almost up to the spine.

He tried to lock Dalton in a first floor bedroom until the police and ambulance arrived, but Dalton jumped out the window, breaking his hip.

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