Glasgow & West Scotland

Man who attacked murder accused during trial jailed

A 28-year-old man who ran from the witness box to attack a murder accused during a trial has been been jailed.

John Quinn, from Cathkin, who also threatened another witness, claimed he lost his temper when Craig Simpson, also from Cathkin, smirked at him.

Quinn attacked Mr Simpson by punching him and stamping on his head as he sat in the dock beside two security guards.

He had also threatened Mr Simpson's partner, Debbie Clark, in a court corridor.

Mr Simpson was in the dock accused of murdering Quinn's cousin, Margaret Quinn, and attempting to murder Quinn when the incident took place.

'Red rag to a bull'

The two security guards at either side of Mr Simpson were unable to prevent the attack and it took them, and four other police officers, to restrain Quinn.

Mr Simpson suffered a graze on the top of his head, a graze on the bridge of his nose and swelling to his forehead.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Mr Simpson's trial had to be abandoned and restarted with a different jury. The murder and attempted murder charges against him were eventually found not proven.

Solicitor advocate Ann Ogg, defending, said: "This was the first time he had seen Mr Simpson since the alleged murder. He looked over towards the dock and Mr Simpson smirked at him. It was like a red rag to a bull."

Sentencing Quinn to three years and four months Judge Lady Rae said: "You can't take the law into your own hands."

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