Glasgow & West Scotland

Thomas Nolan given 'life sentence' for Edward Gallagher murder bid

A knife attacker man who admitted attempting to murder his victim after telling him their relationship was over has been given a life sentence.

Thomas Nolan, 42, repeatedly stabbed Edward Gallagher at a house in Calton, Glasgow, on 19 October last year.

He was out on licence from a previous sentence for violence.

Nolan was given a lifelong restriction order and told he must serve at least four years and eight months in prison before he can apply for release.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the victim was stabbed repeatedly in the stomach during the attack and required surgery to remove his small bowel and repair injuries to his colon and bladder.

'Horrific impact'

Judge Lord Uist told Nolan that his attack had had "a horrific impact" on his victim, who now struggles to sit up and suffers pain.

Lord Uist said: "His life has been very profoundly affected by what you did to him."

The judge told Nolan that it was perfectly plain that if at liberty he posed a danger to the lives or well-being of members of the public at large.

Lord Uist said that he had been assessed as posing a medium risk of causing serious harm to the public, but added it was a conclusion he found very surprising in the circumstances.

The judge imposed an order for lifelong restriction - an indeterminate jail sentence - and told Nolan he must serve at least four years and eight months.

Lord Uist added: "You must not assume you will be released from prison at the end of that period.

"You will be released only when the Parole Board for Scotland is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for the protection of the public that you remain in prison."

Nolan has twice before been jailed for serious violence and has previous convictions for possessing offensive weapons.

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