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Christopher Tait jailed for stabbing dad in Knightswood

A man who admitted trying to murder his father after taking so-called legal highs has been jailed for four years.

Christopher Tait repeatedly stabbed 55-year-old Gordon as he lay in bed in an unprovoked attack at his father's home in Knightswood, Glasgow, on 4 March.

The 27-year-old claimed to have taken a drug, similar to LSD, which he had bought over the internet for £27.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Tait was ordered to be supervised for a further two years on his release.

Jailing him, judge Lord Turnbull said: "This case provides another sad example of the destruction of family life which drug supply and abuse can cause."

He told Tait that the destructive effect had almost extended to the loss of his own father's life.

The judge said: "As someone who willingly ingested this substance you must take responsibility for your behaviour under its influence."

Lord Turnbull said that Tait had "the very good fortune" to have the support of a caring family.

He said that although he had to consider the appropriate sentence for attempted murder in the public interest, in the circumstances of the case he proposed to give greater effect to "the value of rehabilitation".

Serrated knife

An earlier hearing was told how Mr Tait was asleep in his bed when he was suddenly woken by his son repeatedly stabbing him with what appeared to be a serrated knife.

Mr Tait said his son did not speak during the attack and he told him: "Christopher, you are killing me".

The 55-year-old, who struggles to walk, managed to get to a window to call for help.

Two neighbours came to his aid and he was found in his room suffering from multiple stab wounds.

His son was in his own bed appearing to be asleep.

The court heard the victim required emergency surgery and would have bled to death had he not been treated in time.

Tait's lawyer Tony Graham said the accused had "very little recollection" of what happened.

Mr Graham added: "What caused him to do this was a drug induced psychotic episode.

"Drugs consumed are what are described as legal highs. This is a man who purchases legal highs."

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