Tayside and Central Scotland

Blairgowrie man stabbed in head for making fun of dog

A man has been jailed for 34 months for stabbing a man in the head for insulting his dog.

Paul McCann, attacked William Fenton in the street in Blairgowrie after an argument about his dog on 20 July.

The 34-year-old was heard to say "don't talk about my dog like that" before fetching a knife from his house and plunging it into Mr Fenton's head.

McCann had 164 days added to his sentence as he was on early release from an earlier violent assault.

Perth Sheriff Court heard McCann had been walking his dog when he took exception to a remark made by Mr Fenton on William Street.

Fiscal Depute Stuart Richardson said the two men had fallen out when the dog started to growl at Mr Fenton, leading to McCann fetching a knife and striking his victim once on the back of the head. He required six stitches.

Solicitor Roderick Roberts, defending, described his client's reaction as "somewhat of an over-reaction", and said he felt the dog was being mocked.

Sheriff Fiona Tait noted McCann's long history of violence, and the fact he had been released early from a two-year sentence for ramming a pen into another inmate's eye at Perth Prison three months earlier.

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