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Galashiels man cleared of artificial leg jibe murder bid

A Galashiels man accused of stabbing a friend in the neck after he had made a joke about his artificial leg has been cleared by a jury.

They found an attempted murder charge against John Grierson, 27, not proven.

He had denied assaulting Michael Mulholland, claiming the injury was accidental.

Mr Grierson told the High Court in Livingston that Mr Mulholland had called him a "peg-legged pirate" and tried to pull his prosthetic leg off.

He said he had gone to the kitchen of a flat where they were drinking in Hawick and got two knives to "scare" Mr Mulholland.

However, in the struggle which followed Mr Mulholland was stabbed in the throat.

Mr Mulholland, 32, said he thought at first that he had just been punched on the neck during the drunken argument.

But then he saw Mr Grierson had a kitchen knife in his hand and realised that blood was flowing from a wound in his throat.

A jury took just under two hours to return its not proven verdict.

Judge Lord Turnbull formally acquitted Mr Grierson.

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