Tayside and Central Scotland

Brothers jailed for 'vicious' Dundee attack

Two brothers will each spend years behind bars after a row over a television turned violent.

David Stupart, 28, and brother Graham, 32, armed themselves with a claw hammer and knife before going to a Dundee home and demanding the return of the TV set.

The judge said they then made a "sustained and vicious" attack on the three people in the house - leaving one victim in intensive care.

Both men admitted the offences, which took place on 11 October.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that during the row at the house in Brown Constable Pend, Michael Gallacher suffered 10 knife wounds to his head, neck and chest.

He spent two days on a ventilator in intensive care at Ninewells Hospital after the attack.

A woman in the house, Kimberley Whyte, was head-butted and left with gashed fingers when she tried to disarm Graham Stupart.

Hit from behind

The court was told that David Stupart apparently sold a TV to Ms Whyte but, the following day, went to get it back.

Her husband, James Whyte, opened the door to find the brothers there with weapons. He was hit on the head and knew no more until he came round as he was being treated by paramedics.

Mr Gallacher heard the commotion and saw Mr Whyte lying, unconscious. He found Graham Stupart in a bedroom and pushed him onto a bed - then felt himself being hit from behind by David Stupart.

Both men have records for violence.

Solicitor advocate Chris Fyffe, for David Stupart, said he had over-reacted when he saw Mr Gallacher on top of his brother.

But judge Lord Woolman said: "It was a sustained and vicious attack."

David Stupart, who admitted attempting to murder Michael Gallacher, was jailed for six years and nine months.

Brother Graham, who admitted assaulting Ms Whyte to her injury and hitting her husband over the head with a hammer - as well as trafficking diazepam tablets - was jailed for four years and seven months. He also admitted stealing a television.

Both brothers, who have no fixed address, are being held in Perth Prison.

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