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Galashiels man jailed over skean dhu attack

Selkirk Sheriff Court - Crown copyright image
Image caption Whigham was jailed for more than three years at Selkirk Sheriff Court

A man who carried out an attack with a skean dhu during a street fight has been jailed for more than three years.

Jamie Whigham, 24, of Church Square, Galashiels admitted assaulting Maicek Pacanowski in the town on 29 May.

He also pled guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to having the knife in a pub later in the same evening.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond said Whigham had a "significant record for offences of violence" and that he was a "danger to the public."

Whigham told the court he carried the skean dhu in his sock for his "own protection" after being attacked on a previous occasion.

The court heard that on the night of the attack he was in the company of three girls who were said to have been the subject of comments by the victim.

The pair squared up to each other and were rolling about on the pavement when Whigham produced the weapon.

Mr Pacanowski suffered two cuts to the body.

Whigham was jailed for a total of three years and two months and was also made the subject of a supervised release order for 12 months.

The sentence was backdated to 29 May when he was first taken into custody.

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