HMA v Thomas Telford

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 12 January 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Thomas Telford to a total of 10 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of attempted murder, attempting to defeat the ends of justice, and assault. On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

You were convicted by the jury at Livingston High Court of the attempted murder of a workmate, Callum Thomas, at his flat in Edinburgh on Friday 12 August 2016 after you had both been on a drinking spree, as well as the assault of a woman who came to his flat by seizing her by the throat and threatening her with violence and also attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the knife used by you to stab Mr Thomas.

“At the time you committed these offences you were the subject of a bail order. You took the knife from a knife block in the kitchen and stabbed your victim seven times, twice on the abdomen, once on each flank, once on the right buttock, once on the right hip and once on the right knee. Some of these wounds were inflicted on him when he was trying to get away from you.

“After being attended to by paramedics he was taken to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and had his right kidney removed. It is certain that he would have died had he not received prompt medical attention.

“He has been left permanently scarred as a result of his wounds. He came as near to death as it is possible to come. It is only because of the speed and skill with which the paramedics and surgeons acted that you are not now facing a sentence for murder.

“You made off from the scene, disposed of the knife and made your way to your home in Glasgow, where your father contacted the police. You later told the police that you had stabbed Mr Thomas and left him for dead, that you should have buried the body and that you ‘could have dug a hole and buried the c**t and been out the now’.

“The attack which you carried out on Mr Thomas was both shocking and merciless and you have shown no remorse.

“You are now 21 years old and were at the material time employed by a roofing company. You have two previous convictions, in January and March 2017, for abusive and threatening behaviour and police assault, the first of which involved also a common law assault and resulted in a community payback order of 180 hours unpaid work.

“Taking into account the nature of the attack on Mr Thomas and its consequences, as well as your previous convictions, the sentence which I impose on charges 1 and 2 taken together is nine years six months imprisonment, six months of which is attributable to the bail aggravation.

“The sentence which I impose on charge 3 is six months imprisonment, no part of which is attributable to the bail aggravation, to be consecutive to the sentence on charges 1 and 2, resulting in a total sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.

“Your sentence will run from 29 November 2017.”