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Edinburgh man jailed for gas attack on father

Wayne Watson
Image caption Wayne Watson was on bail at the time of the attack on his father

A man has been jailed for trying to murder his father by leaving him injured in a gas-filled flat.

John Watson, 60, was found with a broken jaw and a cigarette in his hand when police smashed their way into his Edinburgh home.

Wayne Watson, 33, was found guilty of attempted murder at the High Court in Edinburgh following the attack on 1 January this year.

He was jailed for seven and a half years for the murder bid.

The court heard that Watson, who has about 20 convictions for violence and disorder, was on bail at the time of the attack.

Jurors were told that on 1 January he argued with John Watson over inheritance money following the death of a relative.

He then beat his father, leaving him with a broken jaw and cheekbone, turned on the gas and left the building.

The alarm was raised after a worried neighbour reported a smell of gas and an engineer called police when he was unable to get into the flat.

They found Mr Watson lying on the floor with a smashed jaw and broken cheekbone.

Following a four-day trial, Wayne Watson was found guilty of attempted murder and a charge of culpable and reckless conduct by turning on gas appliances, creating a risk of explosion and endangering neighbours.

Defence advocate Michael Anderson described him as as a man "dogged by shadows of his childhood."

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