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Frederick Boyd jailed for samurai sword attack on Caroline Ferrie

A man has been jailed for stabbing his partner with a samurai sword - after wrongly thinking she was having an affair with his brother.

Frederick Boyd, 51, attacked Caroline Ferrie at her son's home in Glasgow's Knightswood area on 16 October 2014.

He went to bed but awoke to hear Ms Ferrie talking to his brother, who was also there. Boyd assumed they were having an affair and attacked her.

He was jailed for four years and 11 months after admitting the assault.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Boyd pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Ms Ferrie to the danger of her life

'Shockingly violent'

Jailing him, judge Lord Turnbull said: "You have pled guilty to a shockingly violent attack perpetrated for no reason with the most devastating circumstances for the victim."

The court heard how the couple had initially been enjoying a meal at the home of Ms Ferrie's son, along with Boyd's brother Scott.

Ms Ferrie had no recollection of what happened until she saw blood on her hands and clothes in the early hours.

She was said to have been "petrified" and curled herself up in a ball for protection while feeling like her "insides were hanging out".

Boyd was nearby at the time with a sword lying behind him. Scott Boyd spotted a badly wounded Ms Ferrie and shouted for a 999 call to be made.

Boyd, of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, instead brandished the weapon at his brother.

Blood transfusion

He eventually did call for help and confessed he had stabbed his girlfriend - but also pretending that he had a gun.

Boyd later fled the scene before Ms Ferrie was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

She suffered a large wound at her chest area and also required a blood transfusion.

The victim was left permanently scarred and it is expected she will need further medical help almost five months after the attack.

The court was told the relationship between the couple had been "affectionate" and that prior to the attack the pair had enjoyed a "happy" day.

Boyd's lawyer told the court that his client "sought forgiveness" for what happened and wanted Ms Ferrie to take him back.

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