Lifelong sentence for torturer

High Court in Edinburgh where Jason Collins was sentenced.
High Court in Edinburgh where Jason Collins was sentenced.
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A THUG who tortured a man by setting him alight and scalding him with boiling water has been given a life sentence for attempted murder.

Jason Collins (29) will serve a minimum of three years and nine months in prison and be released only when the parole board are satisfied he no longer poses a risk.

Then he will be kept under close supervision for the rest of his life.

Judge Lord Bracadale told him: “This was a prolonged and sustained course of conduct involving a series of assaults which amounted to a form of torture.”

It’s almost a year since Collins admitted the attack on Daniel Finnan (44). It has taken more than nine months to prepare the reports which allowed the judge to impose an order for lifelong restriction.

Collins tried to murder Mr Finnan at Collins’s dad’s home in Burnhead Street, Viewpark, on April 8 last year.

The court heard there was a drunken argument over an alleged debt. Collins fetched a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Mr Finnan repeatedly, puncturing a lung.

Collins then produced a cigarette lighter and set fire to the front of Mr Finnan’s trousers. As the desperate man tried to beat out the flames, Collins told him ‘I’ll just light it again’ and did so.

Collins then boiled a pan of water, stood over Mr Finnan and poured the scalding liquid over his head. Mr Finnan fled to his home, also in Burnhead Street, and was found later in his bed, covered in blood.

He was taken to Monklands Hospital where doctors found scalds or burns to his left side, face and neck, slashes to his forehead, eyelid and mouth, and defensive injuries to his hands.

There were also eight knife wounds to his back and chest which could have proven fatal.

At the High Court in Edinburgh defence advocate Louise Arrol said there were two sides to Jason Collins. When sober, she told the court, he poses no threat, but after taking alcohol and drugs he gets into trouble.

Ms Arrol added: “He is someone who is seeking comfort by attending church within the prison system.”

The lawyer handed over a sheaf of papers showing Collins’s progress at drink counselling and other courses at Addiewell Prison, where he is being held.

Lord Bracadale told Collins: “It is to your credit that you have committed yourself to improvement in custody and you should continue on that course.”

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