Cousins jailed for stabbings in Newarthill

High Court in Edinburgh
High Court in Edinburgh

Two cousins have been jailed for more than 12 years for two serious assaults in Newarthill.

Scott Cairns (25) got seven years at the High Court in Edinburgh while Daniel Cairns (39) was handed five and a half years.

A jury at a two-week trial heard how they left Daniel’s ex partner bleeding profusely from a wound to her stomach, inflicted with a pair of scissors.

Mum-of-three Louise Wardrope (36) could be heard moaning and gasping in the background when a recording of Daniel Cairns’ desperate 999 call for an ambulance was played.

Her friend, mechanic Andrew Tait (46) had fled to seek help after the break-in at his home in Mosshall Street on August 18. He also suffered stab wounds from scissors and a beating with an unknown weapon.

The cousins claimed they were acting in self-defence, but the jury rejected their story and found them guilty of assaulting Ms Wardrope and Mr Tait to their severe injury, leaving them permanently scarred.

Judge Lord Brailsford heard that both men have long records which include convictions for violence.

Sentencing them, the judge said they had violated Mr Tait’s home with the intention to assault him.

Ms Wardrope said that during the attack Daniel Cairns ‘told me to look him in the eyes and tell him I loved him’.”

Ms Wardrope said as she faced Daniel Cairns she felt a sharp pain and Scott Cairns said: “I don’t believe I have stabbed you.”

Asked why he thought he had been attacked, Mr Tait told the trial: “A jealous ex.”

More from the court in the Times and Speaker, out on Wednesday.