HMA v Mark Wilson and Leeanne Napier

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 14 December 2018, Lady Rae sentenced Mark Wilson to 12 years’ imprisonment and Leeanne Napier to 10 years’ imprisonment after the two accused were found guilty of the attempted murder of Scott Watson. On sentencing, Lady Rae made the following statement in court:

“You have both been convicted, by unanimous jury verdicts, of serious charges, the most serious of which is charge 4, a charge of attempting to murder Scott Watson in what can only be described as a vicious premeditated and unprovoked attack. It is aggravated by the fact that, before the assault, you evinced ill will and malice towards your intended victim and both of you went armed with lethal weapons to your victim’s home, forcing your way in.

“You then carried out a sustained attack upon Mr Watson. During the attack you repeatedly struck him with a sword and knives with the intent of causing him serious and disfiguring injuries. 

“In view of the jury’s verdict it is clear that you either intended to kill or acted in such a way that you cared not whether your victim lived or died. Neither of you gave evidence and from the evidence before me this appeared to be a motiveless attack. Neither of you has shown any remorse whatsoever.

“Mr Wilson, you have an unenviable record of previous convictions for a man of only 36 years. I have counted 68 convictions libeling 139 separate offences. You have been convicted of five offences of violence, seven for the carrying or use of weapons and you have appeared on indictment nine times, mostly for non-analogous offences.

“Miss Napier, you have pleaded guilty to a second charge of assaulting another female by dragging her for from a car then punching and kicking her. For that I shall impose a separate sentence although I shall make it concurrent in view of the lengthy sentence which I am about to impose on charge 4.

“Your record of previous convictions is considerably less serious than your co-accused accordingly I shall be imposing a shorter sentence in your case.

“Because of all of the aggravating factors I have previously set out, the sentence for you Mr Wilson will be: 12 years imprisonment on charge 4; and three years on charge 5. These periods will run concurrently with each other and be back-dated to 23 April 2018 when you were remanded in custody.

“In your case Miss Napier you will be sentenced to: 12 months on charge 2; 10 years on charge 4; and 18 months on charge 5. These periods will run concurrently with each other and be backdated to 24 August 2018.”