Tayside and Central Scotland

Arbroath knife attacker given extra 17 months on appeal

A man who was given a 10-month jail sentence for a vicious knife attack in Arbroath has been sentenced to an extra 17 months by appeal judges.

Derek Campbell, 21, attacked Marcel Pelehac on Catherine Street in Arbroath on 28 January this year.

Campbell admitted the attack at Arbroath Sheriff Court and was given a 10 month sentence.

But at the Court of Criminal Appeal Court in Edinburgh, Judges ruled the sentence was unduly lenient.

It was Sheriff Peter Paterson who sentenced Campbell to ten months after he admitted assaulting Mr Pelehac to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

The Crown appealed against the sentence, claiming that it was unduly lenient.

Public safety

Lord Eassie, sitting with Lord Brodie and Lord Wheatley agreed and said a 27-month custodial term would have been imposed, but they would take into account that Campbell had served the 10 month jail term.

Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC said the original sentence imposed on Campbell had failed to adequately reflect his record of previous convictions, the need to protect the public and to deter others from carrying out violent assaults.

He said Mr Pelehac and his girlfriend had been arguing when Campbell, described as a prisoner, produced a knife and stabbed his victim on the forehead and legs.

The stabbing victim was taken to hospital and wounds on his thigh and head were closed with sutures.

Defence counsel Claire Mitchell said Campbell's intent on crossing the road was actually to assist another person as there was clearly an argument going on.

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