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Sports coach John McQuade jailed over knife attack

A 33-year-old sports coach has been jailed for three years over a knife attack in Renfrewshire which left his victim scarred for life.

John McQuade slashed 26-year-old Ryan Kennedy on the face and legs after the victim punched him during a row at a party in Rashieburn, Erskine, in July.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard how McQuade had tried to break up a fight but reacted furiously when punched.

He pleaded guilty to a serious assault charge at a previous hearing.

The court heard how Mr Kennedy and the individual hosting the party became involved in a fight on 17 July.

Wounds stitched

McQuade stepped in to break them up but was punched by Mr Kennedy.

He then grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed the 26-year-old joiner on the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

McQuade then slashed him on the legs eight times.

Following the attack, Mr Kennedy was rushed to hospital and required 30 stitches, leaving him permanently disfigured.

McQuade, from Pollok, Glasgow, admitted the attack after drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis.

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