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Man tried to murder workmate by stabbing him seven times

Thomas Telford attacked Callum Thomas after a drinking session in Edinburgh.

Lurie Place: Pair went home to drink vodka.
Lurie Place: Pair went home to drink vodka. Google 2018

A man tried to murder his workmate by stabbing him seven times after a Buckfast drinking session.

Thomas Telford has been jailed for ten years after stabbing Callum Thomas, leaving him without a kidney and requiring life-saving treatment.

They each drunk five pints of lager and a bottle of Buckfast before going to Mr Thomas' home on Lurie Place in Niddrie, Edinburgh, to drink vodka on August 12, 2016.

Mr Thomas went for a shower and returned to his living room to see Telford stabbing the wall with a large kitchen knife.

He said he punched Telford in the face but was then stabbed twice in the abdomen.

Mr Thomas fell to the floor and a neighbour who heard the commotion ran to his house and tried to intervene but was pinned against a wall by his attacker.

Telford stabbed his victim seven times on different parts of his body, including his right buttock, and inflicted some of the wounds when he was trying to get away after taking the knife from a knife block in the kitchen.

A judge told Telford said: "The attack which you carried out on Mr Thomas was both shocking and merciless and you have shown no remorse."

Lord Uist said: "He came as near to death as it is possible to come. It is only because of the speed and skill with which the paramedics and surgeons acted that you are now not facing a sentence for murder."

'He came as near to death as it is possible to come.'
Judge Lord Uist

The judge said it was certain the victim would have died without the treatment he underwent, which included removing his right kidney.

Mr Thomas said: "I tried to dive over my couch to get to the kitchen, bleeding from my lower stomach.

"As I went over the couch I was getting stabbed in my back by Thomas.

"He attacked me again. I fell to the ground because of loss of blood and he proceeded to stab me again on my right knee and in the front of my right thigh."

A police officer who later attended Telford's home in Glasgow following the incident said he told her: "I stabbed him. I've left him for dead."

As he left with police he said to his father: "I'll see you in 15 years."

He later told another officer: "I should have buried the body."

Telford, formerly of Barlia Drive in Castlemilk, Glasgow, was found guilty of attempting to murder Mr Thomas by repeatedly striking him on the body with a knife to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

He was also convicted of assaulting the victim's neighbour Lillian Hood, now deceased, by grabbing her by the throat and threatening her with violence.

Telford, who had been granted bail at Glasgow Sheriff Court two months earlier, was also convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of the knife used to stab Mr Thomas.

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