Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Celtic fan admits knife attack


A Celtic supporter has admitted attacking a Rangers fan when a fight broke out in a Glasgow pub hours after an Old Firm match.
Shaun Duffy stabbed Brian Duncan, who had come to the aid of his brother, in the Springcroft Bar and Diner in Baillieston last December.
At the High Court in Glasgow he admitted assaulting Mr Duncan to the danger of his life.
Judge Lord Woolman deferred sentencing until June for background reports.
Duffy has a history of violence and was jailed for another knife attack in 1998.
Mr Duncan was left badly injured and is still affected months after the bar attack.
The court was told that the victim's brother, Colin, and his friends had gone to the pub on 27 December after watching Rangers lose at Ibrox earlier that day.

Duffy and his group were also in the busy bar sitting nearby.

Bar fight

The court heard that the accused and Colin Duncan later became involved in a fight.
Brian Duncan, who had been playing pool, saw what was happening and rushed to help his brother.
The 37 year-old was pushed to the ground then Duffy pulled out a knife and stabbed him on the chest and neck.
Simon Bowie, prosecuting, said Mr Duncan was unable to stand up after being attacked.
Duffy, from Garthamlock, fled the scene as people attended to his victim.

Keen footballer
When police arrived, they found chairs and tables upturned in the bar and blood on the carpet.
Mr Duncan lost two litres of blood on the way to hospital and had to be resuscitated.
The court heard he has been left with a lack of feeling in his fingers and his lower legs.
Mr Bowie said: "He was a keen footballer, but is unable to do that and does not now socialize."
Tony Graham, defending, said his client accepted that prison was inevitable for the stabbing.
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