Man gets three years for Motherwell stabbing

Brian Hogg was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court
Brian Hogg was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court

A violent offender has been jailed for three years after a stabbing at a Motherwell tower block.

Brian Hogg (21), a prisoner, was found guilty at Hamilton Sheriff Court of knifing Scott Strachan repeatedly to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement at Muirhouse Tower on March 15.

The court heard Mr Strachan suffered three wounds to his shoulder and was taken by ambulance to Wishaw General Hospital. A doctor said the injuries were serious and warned he would need surgery, but he discharged himself.

However, Mr Strachan returned to hospital the next day. An operation revealed no significant internal injuries and the wounds were closed with 10 stitches.

Sheriff Joyce Powrie heard that despite his young age Hogg has already built up a formidable criminal record.

When he was only 16 he was locked up for three years for assault and robbery. Then in June 2011 he was given a 27-month stretch for firearms offences.

Hogg claimed he wounded Mr Strachan in self-defence, but the jury rejected his story and found him guilty. He was cleared of punching Emma Currie on the same day.

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