Glasgow & West Scotland

Thomas Gordon stabbed Daniel Collingwood in football row

A 36-year-old man has admitted stabbing his niece's partner following a row over what football team the victim's toddler son should support.

Thomas Gordon carried out the attack on Daniel Collingwood at a flat in Ibrox, Glasgow, on New Year's day.

It is believed members of the Gordon family support Celtic while the two year-old child is a Rangers fan.

Sentence on Gordon was deferred at the High Court in Glasgow and he was remanded in custody.

The court heard how Gordon's on-off partner Catherine Johnson held a party at her home in Rhynie Drive, Ibrox, on Hogmanay last year.

Gordon attended along with his 44 year-old brother, Edward.

Mr Collingwood and his girlfriend Danielle Gordon - the accused's niece - also attended.

Religion argument

Prosecutor Douglas Fairlie QC said: "During the party, Edward Gordon and Mr Collingwood argued about the upbringing of his son.

"It is stated that the argument appeared to be about whether the child should support Celtic or Rangers."

The court heard that Gordon, his brother and Mr Collingwood later left the flat in the early hours but returned when Edward Gordon realised he had left something behind.

Mr Fairlie said another row soon broke out at the house over what religion Mr Collingwood's boy should follow.

The advocate depute went on: "The accused left the living room and went into the kitchen.

"Mr Collingwood felt uneasy and became concerned for his safety. He ran into the back garden, but was unable to find an exit gate, so he attempted to run back into the house."

The court heard he was then grabbed by Edward Gordon, who pushed him against a wall as the accused stormed out.

Mr Fairlie told the court: "There was then an altercation during which the accused stabbed the complainer several times to the left side of his neck and shoulder area."

A blood-soaked Mr Collingwood managed to escape by jumping over garden fences. He went to a nearby property where his partner was and an ambulance was called.

The court heard the most serious wounds he suffered were to his neck. One was just two centimetres from his jugular vein.

Gordon, from Govan, was originally charged with attempted murder but later pleaded guilty to assault to the danger of life.

It was revealed that Gordon was jailed for six years in 1995 at the High Court for assault.

He also has a previous conviction for carrying a knife in 2007.

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