Glasgow & West Scotland

Convicted murderer jailed for attacking OAP friend over debt

A 76-year-old convicted murderer has been jailed for 13 months for attacking his pensioner friend over a money row.

William Sweeney admitted punching 68-year-old Edward Wotherspoon and trying to hit him with a knife on 22 January.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the attack happened while the victim was with friends in the Sir John Stirling Maxwell pub in Shawlands, Glasgow.

Sweeney was previously convicted of murder in 1964 in London and assault to severe injury in Scotland in 2001.

Pub attack

Glasgow Sheriff Court previously heard that Mr Wotherspoon and Sweeney had been friends for years.

About 17:00, the victim and some friends were in the pub, sitting near the bar when Sweeney came in shouting.

Procurator fiscal depute John Bedford said: "He attempted to strike the complainer on the face with the knife."

He also told the court Sweeney tried to punch Mr Wotherspoon on the head.

Those nearby intervened, the knife was taken off of him, he was ushered out of the pub and the police were called.

'He pushed me'

When police later spoke to Sweeney he told them: "I went in to the pub to ask Mr Wotherspoon for money he owed me for ages.

"He pushed me, I pushed him back."

Defence lawyer Bill McCluskey said: "Mr Sweeney has been quite clear from the start he wanted this matter resolved."

He added that his client's initial recollection was not supported by CCTV but that Sweeney now "accepts full his responsibility for it".

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