Glasgow & West Scotland

Man jailed for Hamilton town centre shooting

A man has been jailed for six and a half years for a shooting in a town centre bar.

Neil Fotheringham admitted attempting to murder the three men, one of whom was injured, by firing at them repeatedly with a revolver.

The incident happened at Amigo's bar in Keith Street, in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, in August 2010.

Fotheringham also admitted a series of other firearms offences and a breach of the peace.

Lord Bannatyne sentenced him to five years imprisonment for having the gun when committing the attempted murder and possessing a prohibited weapon, and a further three years for having it without holding a firearm certificate.

But the judge ruled at the High Court in Edinburgh that those sentences should be concurrent to the six and half years imposed for the attempted murders.

Fotheringham, of Kirkmuirhill, fired the gun at Nicky Lowe, Darren Armstrong and Jamie Shanks, with 23-year-old Mr Shanks being injured.

Defence solicitor advocate John Carroll told the court there was nothing in Fotheringham's background "to suggest an obvious propensity for violent crime".