Knife victim turned attacker

Ben Plowman was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Ben Plowman was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

The victim of a horrific stabbing turned attacker a few months later when he used a knife to assault another man.

Ben Plowman needed more than 100 stitches after being badly wounded in Holytown, Hamiton Sheriff Court heard.

But despite his own ‘traumatic’ experience he was prepared to inflict serious injuries when an argument got out of hand.

Plowman (21), a prisoner, admitted assaulting Michael Carroll to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement by stabbing him on the head and body at a house in Heathery Road, Wishaw, on September 28 last year.

The victim sustained cuts to his head and hand, and required stitches.

Defence agent Diarmid Bruce referred to his client being stabbed in Holytown in February last year. The solicitor said: “He was in a critical state at one point and needed more than 100 stitches in his wounds. It’s one of the traumatic events he’s faced in a difficult few years.

“People react in different ways and after he was stabbed he was drinking to excess and taking valium.”

Sheriff John Miller jailed Plowman for 15 months.

More on this and other court news in the Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.