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Knife attacker John McCormack jailed for five years

A man who carried out a slashing attack, then hid the knife in the bra of a female friend, has been jailed for five years and four months.

John McCormack, 30, admitted attacking Brian Farquhar to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on 24 May last year.

He later asked his friend Shanice McDaid to conceal the weapon before they walked past police.

The victim needed surgery and was left with permanent scarring to his neck.

Jailing McCormack at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Nigel Morrison told him that the only possible sentence was a custodial one.

Street fight

The court heard that before the attack, Mr Farquhar had left Victoria's nightclub and was involved in a fight with some men.

At this point McCormack ran into the middle of the fight and slashed Mr Farquhar on the side of the neck.

The attack was captured on CCTV. Seconds later Mr Farquhar was seen putting a hand to the side of his face which was covered in blood.

As police and medics arrived on the scene, McCormack gave the knife to Shanice McDaid and asked her to keep it in her bra.

The two walked eastwards along Sauchiehall Street and McCormack later took the knife back.

When questioned by police almost a month after the attack, McCormack denied any knowledge of what had happened and then said he had seen something on Facebook about the slashing.

An image of a folding knife was subsequently recovered from his mobile phone and he later admitted the attack.

Defence counsel Thomas Ross said: 'My client is terribly sorry for what he did."

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