Glasgow & West Scotland

Teenage stabbing 'menace' jailed

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption Ferguson was ordered to be supervised for three years on release

A teenager who stabbed a man for allegedly chatting up his girlfriend has been jailed for five years and three months.

Michael Ferguson,19, admitted attacking Christopher Longburn to the danger of his life in a car park in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, in March.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Ferguson has 15 previous convictions, including carrying knives and assault.

Judge Lord Bannatyne branded him "an absolute menace".

The court heard how Mr Longburn had gone to look for a friend at a flat in Creveul Court, Alexandria, at about 2300 GMT on 5 March.

He instead got into a row about his girlfriend with Ferguson, who was also at the property, and a fight broke out.

'Absolutely appalling'

Ferguson chased Mr Longburn into a car park behind a nearby medical centre where he then repeatedly stabbed him.

The victim, who suffered multiple stab wounds to his abdomen, managed to stagger to a nearby bar for help.

Ferguson handed himself into police two days later and admitted he had stabbed Mr Longburn with a knife after an argument about his partner.

Jailing him, Lord Bannatyne said: "Having regard to your age, the list of previous conviction is absolutely appalling.

"I think that you are an absolute menace - a very dangerous menace. This was a dreadful crime."

The judge also ordered Ferguson to be supervised for a further three years on his release.

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