HMA v JASON RONALD CAMERON

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 18 February 2015, Lord Uist sentenced Jason Cameron to nine years and four months imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the attempted murder of David McDevitt.

On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court: 

“Jason Ronald Cameron, you have been convicted by the jury of assaulting and attempting to murder David McDevitt in the terms set out in charge 1 on the indictment. You struck him to the neck with a scythe to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment and to the danger of his life and attempted to murder him while you were subject to a bail order. 

This was a disgraceful and inexcusable piece of violence on your part. It is a miracle that your victim did not die as a result of your attack upon him. Your attitude to what you did has been demonstrated by what you said to Mrs Devitt immediately afterwards and also in what you said to Cassandra McDevitt in your letter from prison.   

You are now 24 years of age. You have a criminal record dating from July 2006. You have convictions for five common law offences involving assault and have received eight custodial sentences. It is clear to me that you are someone who will readily resort to violence. The time has now come for a seriously deterrent sentence to be passed on you. 

The appropriate sentence on charge 1, taking into account your previous convictions and the circumstances of this crime, is nine years six months imprisonment, six months of which is attributable to the bail aggravation. As you have already served on remand in connection with this case a period of four months, which is the equivalent of a sentence of eight months imprisonment, I shall take that into account by deducting eight months from that period and imposing upon you a sentence of eight years ten months imprisonment. That sentence will run from today’s date.

On charge 3 the sentence is six months imprisonment, no part of which is attributable to the bail aggravation. That sentence will be consecutive to the sentence on charge 1. The total sentence is therefore nine years four months imprisonment from today’s date.”

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