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Court / Man found guilty of attempted murder

Glasgow High Court. Photo © Richard Sutcliffe (cc-by-sa/2.0)

A MAN has been found guilty of attempted murder in Shetland following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Stephen Savage, 50, carried out a knife attack another man in Lerwick on 17 September 2022.

Jurors heard how the victim was getting the blame for £20 going missing at the property.

One witness described a “loud frenzy” as the victim desperately tried to protect himself.

Savage had denied the attempted murder charge during a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

However, he was found guilty and will learn his fate when he returns to the dock next month.

Savage, of Glasgow, had previously been locked up for four and a half years in 2012 for an unprovoked attack on another dad outside a primary school in the city.

The attempted murder occurred after Savage ended up at the house where the crime occurred.

He was not known to most of those there.

A woman who was present there remembered Savage calling himself by a different name.

She told prosecutor Marco Guarino that an “argument” later erupted – and that Savage and his victim were part of it.

Asked if Savage was saying anything to the victim, the woman said it was something about money having been stolen.

“It all blew up into a frenzy…very loud,” she said.

The trial heard Savage was seen clutching a blade and “waving it about”. The court was told that the victim was “in a panic” trying to escape from Savage.

Guarino asked the witness if Savage was the only person there that day armed with a knife. She confirmed he was.

After the victim got out, another resident came to his aid with a towel to stem the blood.

The witness added that the victim said he had been stabbed.

“He could hardly breathe. He was bleeding out and in that much pain,” she said.

The court heard the man was left scarred for life as a result of the attack.

Lord Harrower remanded Savage in custody and deferred sentencing until next month in Dundee.

Copy by Glasgow Court Press Agency

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