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Sean French admits attempting to murder love rival Kieran Goodbrand

A man has admitted attempting to murder a suspected love rival with a sword at a house in North Lanarkshire.

Sean French, 20, struck 25-year-old Kieran Goodbrand on the head and body at the victim's home in Coatbridge on 26 June last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard French went to the house after being told his girlfriend may be cheating on him.

French also admitted assaulting Mr Goodbrand's friend, Liam McGarrell. He will be sentenced next month.

The court heard that French armed himself with a sword and arrived at the house after hearing that his girlfriend Shelley Williamson, 21, was at a party at Mr Goodbrand's home.

French had earlier received texts from a friend suggesting that Ms Williamson was cheating on him.

Weights bench

When he arrived at the house, French produced a sword and repeatedly struck Mr Goodbrand on the leg and hand.

He also pushed a weights bench on top of the victim while he was lying on the floor.

French then attacked 18-year-old Mr McGarrell, hitting him on the head and feet with the sword.

Mr Goodbrand suffered fractured fingers, and nerves and tendons in his hands were cut.

He also had two fractures to his right leg and had to had five bolts put into his knee.

He can no longer run any distance and finds kneeling difficult and his right leg is numb in places.

Mr Goodbrand also cannot form a fist with his right hand and has been unable to return to his job as a painter and decorator.

Mr McGarrell suffered an injury to his head and his left ankle.

Judge Lady Stacey deferred sentence on French, who has two previous convictions for possessing offensive weapons, until next month.

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