Two Scots thugs were yesterday hit with sentences totalling nearly 16 years for a savage blade attack following a Facebook row.
Grant McNamara and Martin Docherty left Dale Mitchell scarred for life when they butchered him with a meat cleaver and a knife.
The evil pair bludgeoned Mitchell in a flat, after chasing him up three flights of stairs and kicking their way inside, while a 14-year-old girl cowered inside a cupboard.
As he rained blows on Mitchell’s head with a meat cleaver, McNamara said: “You’ve been making my f****** life a misery for years on that Facebook.”
Callous Docherty laughed at the girl’s mum when she told him her daughter was in the property in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
When officers caught them after the attack, Docherty, 28, was covered in blood and McNamara, also 28, had blood-soaked banknotes.
McNamara was only free to commit the attack because he’d been released from jail over an axe attack which split a taxi driver’s head open.
Mitchell was rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where medics treated his wounds.
He had a 10cm cut to the left hand side of his face, a cut on the top of his head, a 5cm cut on the back of his head, a cut on his hand, a number of cuts on his body, and three stab wounds to his abdomen, most of which will leave permanent scars.
The pair admitted carrying out the attack – which took place on October 18, 2020 – at a Paisley Sheriff Court hearing earlier this year when the court was told the attack took place at about 1.20pm, after Mitchell left the flat to go to a shop.
At the earlier hearing, Procurator Fiscal Depute David McDonald said: “A woman was also within the living room and observed both accused attacking Mr Mitchell with a meat cleaver and knives.
“At this time the child was hiding within a cupboard within the rear bedroom but could hear the shouting and disturbance.
“Mr McNamara was in possession of a meat cleaver and began to strike Mr Mitchell, on his head and body, while stating: ‘You’ve been making my f****** life a misery for years on that Facebook.’.
“Mr Docherty was in possession of a lock back knife and struck Dale Mitchell on the face and body repeatedly.”
Docherty fled with the woman’s Louis Vuitton vanity case and iPhone and when officers tackled him to the ground, they found jewellery and £290 in cash in his pocket.
McNamara was caught after a short chase, and “blood soaked money totalling £310 was found” on him.
McNamara and Docherty admitted two charges each in relation to the attack on Mr Mitchell. They pled guilty to assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement, and robbery
McNamara also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of assault with intent to rob a 16-year-old boy.
Yesterday (MON), as he caged McNamara for four years and nine months, and sentenced Docherty to four years, Sheriff Tom McCartney said: “Due to the gravity of these crimes and your record [of previous convictions] a custodial sentence is inevitable”.
He also ordered Docherty be supervised for three years upon his release from prison and gave Docherty a further four years of supervision, to protect the public.
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