Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee man jailed for stabbing attack

A Dundee man who locked a school friend in his house then stabbed her several times has been jailed.

Gary Brymer, 36, admitted attempting to murder Bridget Divin at his home in Craigie Drive in May last year.

The 35-year-old spent more than a month in hospital after the attack, in which she suffered multiple stab wounds.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Brymer was jailed for five years and two months and ordered to be supervised for two years on his release.

The court heard that Brymer had invited Miss Divin to his home at about 2230 BST on 4 May.

Struck repeatedly

He was initially in good spirits but when she tried to leave in the early hours he refused to call a taxi for her.

Brymer then went to the front door and locked it.

Miss Divin threatened to call the police if he did not let her out but Brymer threw her on to a sofa and struck her repeatedly with a knife.

After the attack she pleaded with Brymer to call an ambulance, which he did before fleeing the house.

He then approached police in the area, telling them: "I'm sorry. I have never done anything like this before."