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Jail for attempted murder of pregnant Aberdeen woman

Steven Ross
Image caption Steven Ross was told he was a "clear menace"

A man who admitted attempting to murder a pregnant woman in a sustained attack in Aberdeen has been jailed for six years and 10 months.

Steven Ross, 37, carried out the attack on Sarah Massie in January last year.

He repeatedly punched his victim on the head and body, before continuing the attack with a knife.

Passing sentence at the High Court in Aberdeen, Lord Uist told Ross he had been responsible for a "serious and violent crime".

The victim needed hospital treatment after she turned up at Cairncry police office with injuries late at night.

Lord Uist told Ross: "You have pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Sarah Massie, the woman with whom you formerly lived in Aberdeen.

"In the knowledge that she was then pregnant you repeatedly punched her on the head and body and, after fetching a knife from the kitchen in order to continue the attack, repeatedly struck her on the stomach with a knife.

"The voluntary taking of drink and drugs by you beforehand is no excuse and affords you no mitigation."

He added: "You have been a clear menace to the public throughout your long criminal career."

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