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Man guilty of trying to murder family outside Aberdeen pub

Matthew Boyle Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Matthew Boyle stabbed three people

A man has been found guilty of trying to murder a couple and their daughter at an Aberdeen pub.

Matthew Boyle stabbed John and Sylvia Gallagher and their 30-year-old daughter Charlie outside the Broadsword Bar in Tillydrone last August.

A court heard Mr Gallagher had been defending his daughter from a comment made by Boyle's friend Kevin Deans.

Mr Deans was acquitted of attempted murder but was found guilty of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Sentence was deferred until next month.

The High Court in Aberdeen heard that Mr and Mrs Gallagher had travelled from their home in the Highlands to visit their daughter and Mrs Gallagher had arranged to meet friends at a reunion night held at the city pub.

But they were assaulted by Boyle, 42, in the car park as they were making their way home from the charity fundraiser in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Gallagher, 64, was attacked after defending his daughter from a "vulgar" comment made by Deans.

'Protect the public'

Mr Gallagher was knifed in the side and ear by Boyle and left with a punctured lung. His wife and daughter were also stabbed.

Boyle, who lodged a special defence of self defence, was cleared of making an indecent comment towards Miss Gallagher. Drug charges against the two men were also withdrawn.

Judge Lord Burns deferred sentence until 9 September for background reports and said he would consider whether to impose an extended sentence to protect the public.

Det Ch Insp Colin Morrans, of Police Scotland, who led the enquiry, said: "This would have been a terrifying experience for the victims involved.

"I welcome the conviction of Boyle who now has to face the consequences of his abhorrent behaviour.

"I would like to thank members of the public for coming forward as well as the victims. This has undoubtedly had a distressing impact on their lives."

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