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Latvian man jailed for Hawick stabbings

A Latvian man who stabbed his brother and a friend with a kitchen knife has been jailed for four years.

Dainis Jeromans attacked his sibling, Janis, and Andrejs Vitolins following a row at a flat in Hawick on 2 April this year.

Jeromans appeared at the High Court in Glasgow having earlier admitted the two assaults.

Lord Tyre told the 24-year-old that the prison term would have been six years but for his guilty pleas.

The judge said it was "fortunate" Jeromans' brother received medical treatment otherwise he could have been facing a murder charge.

Susan Duff, defending, had told the court that Jeromans had originally come to Scotland to find work to help support his mother back in Latvia.

She added: "It is clear he is genuinely distressed at his own behaviour and distressed at the harm that he has caused.

"Since being in custody, he has had no contact from family or friends."

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