Lanarkshire knife thug jailed after blade attack just hours after his release


A Motherwell resident was injured when he and his neighbors were confronted with a knife outside their home late at night.

Serial offender William Higgins, 31, had been released from prison hours earlier, Hamilton Sheriff Court learned this week.

Higgin was jailed for a further 31 months. He admitted to carrying a knife and stabbing Colin Jardine in Hadrian Terrace on March 1.

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Prosecutor Mairi-Clare McMillan said Higgins was hanging out outside the houses around midnight.

He said to a master of the house, “It’s me, Willie” and asked if anyone could get him a cab to Coatbridge.

He claimed to be injured, but there was no sign that he was.

Ms McMillan said: “The accused went into his pocket and pulled out a locked knife.

“The victim raised his hands and the knife pinched his upper left arm, causing a minor injury. Police located the accused a short distance away using CCTV.”

Defense officer Carly Macleod said Higgins was looking for a place to stay after being released from prison in Edinburgh.

She told the court: “He went to his mother’s home, but was intoxicated and she asked him to leave.

“He then tried his aunt but, again, to no avail, so he had nowhere to go.

“He was approached and thought he was being attacked, so he waved a small potato knife that he had picked up.”

Ms Macleod said Higgins had scars from a previous stroke that made him paranoid.

She added: “Alcohol and drugs have plagued his life. He accepts that he has to take positive steps to change his life.”

Sheriff Ray Small told Higgins: “It’s lucky the injury here isn’t serious.

“It happened the same day you got out of prison and you were also on bail.

“You’ve already had a supervised release order and even that hasn’t stopped you from starting over.

“You say you will take advantage of such an order, but I don’t think it’s appropriate.

“It is up to you to assist with the assistance you deem appropriate upon your release. “

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