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Sean French jailed for attempting to murder Kieran Goodbrand

A man who admitted attempting to murder a suspected love rival with a samurai sword at a house in North Lanarkshire has been jailed for six years.

Sean French attacked Kieran Goodbrand, 25, at the victim's home in Coatbridge on 26 June last year after being told his girlfriend may be cheating on him.

The 20-year-old also admitted assaulting another man, Liam McGarrell.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, French was ordered to be supervised for two years on his release from prison.

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.

Nerves cut

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 the victim's friend, 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.

Jailing French, judge Lady Stacey told him: "This is very serious. You are a threat to public safety and I must deal with you accordingly.

"You are a danger to the public. A custodial disposal is the only option available to me.

"I will sentence you to six years detention and you will be subject to a period of supervision for two years following your release from prison."

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