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Knife attacker Craig Donaldson jailed for murder bid in Fife

A knife attacker who tried to murder a man weeks after he was freed from prison has been given an indeterminate jail sentence.

Craig Donaldson, 31, admitted attempting to murder Patrick Feeley on 23 April 2014 at a house in Somerville Street, Burntisland, in Fife,

Donaldson stabbed Mr Feeley in the neck following an argument.

The judge ordered he must serve three years and nine months in jail before he can apply for parole.

Donaldson was found to have an anti-social personality disorder with psychopathic traits and was assessed as posing a high risk to the safety of the public.

Judge Lord Uist imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on the knife attacker who earlier admitted assaulting Mr Feeley to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

The judge said: "You will be released only when it is considered no longer necessary for the protection of the public that you continue to be confined in prison."

The court had heard that Donaldson, described as a prisoner, climbed out of a window and fled after the murder bid but returned to the flat and went up to police officers outside.

'Habitual criminal'

He still had the handle of a knife in his back pocket while the blood-stained blade was found on a couch in the flat.

The judge told Donaldson at the High Court in Edinburgh it was fortunate for Mr Feeley he did not suffer an injury to any of the major blood vessels.

Lord Uist said: "If the angle of the attack had been slightly different he would have died."

He said Donaldson was "very fortunate" he was not about to be sentenced for murder.

The judge told Donaldson, who had been freed from prison just over three weeks earlier: "It is clear you are a habitual criminal."

Donaldson, who has previously been jailed for serious assault, had been drinking on the night of the murder bid and was under the influence of drugs.

Mr Feeley had a 3cm-deep wound to his neck.

Defence counsel Ronnie Renucci said of Donaldson: "He has shown remorse and is able to recognise the impact and consequences of his behaviour on others."

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